American Apparel apologizes for using Challenger images in ‘Fourth of July’ post
Retailer American Apparel, already in the headlines for the wrong reasons, drew more unwanted attention late Thursday for an image it posted on Tumblr celebrating Independence Day. The problem: the picture did not show fireworks, but the Space Shuttle Challenger blowing up, along with the hashtags #smoke and #clouds. It deleted the post, which lives on in screenshots across the web.
All seven astronauts aboard the Challenger died when it exploded shortly after launch in January 1986.
The company blamed the mishap on a youthful mistake by one of its employees.
With our sincerest apologies: pic.twitter.com/BOF43jScV0— American Apparel (@americanapparel) July 3, 2014
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