Has anyone ever walked by the Hollister store at the mall and been totally icked out by the 14-year-old half naked models they have just standing at the store front. I mean totally ICKED OUT. Like, so icked out that you have a need to avert your eyes and run the other direction so that Paul Blart doesn't come arrest you for being a pedo.
Hollister is something I will never really get. It's beyond my time. Let's just get that out there. Hollister is the poor teen's Abercrombie and Abercrombie has been in hot water for their racy ads since my heyday. So, I do kind of get the ads. Sex sells. And whether we like it or not, teens want to be sexy.
However, I was totally horrified by Hollister's decision to put young kids out in front of their stores in their bathing suits. Now, I'm all for sexy ads, but this crosses a line. How easy do we need to make it for pedophiles? Maybe Hollister should just serve teens up on silver platters to the creeps who get their kicks from looking at half naked kids.
I don't think I'm being preachy or old either. I was so uncomfortable walking past that store. The boy who was out there modeling could not have been more than 16. And he was shirtless and in short, tight swimming trunks. And he was just standing there like a piece of meat while older people were trying to look away.
I have seen this happen twice since that first horrific encounter. All of the times, I noticed that there was no one going into the store or even near the store who wasn't 18 or younger. So, maybe that's the goal. It's like old people repellent. Just stick an almost naked teenager on your store front and the respectable old people will go running. But, I guarantee that there's some questionable older people who aren't running and are instead taking mental photographs to use in ways that we do not want to know about.
Plus, it creeps me out. I don't go to the mall to be creeped out. So, please, Hollister, put the pre-pubescent kids back inside the store and let them learn how to make a dollar the old-fashioned way...in clothes.