On Monday, a certain set of dinner plates went viral on Twitter—for all the wrong reasons. CBS correspondent Alie Ward tweeted a photo of the dinnerware in question on Sunday with the caption "How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states?"
At first glance, one might—as I initially did—just see a set of supremely ugly dinner plates, a tableware version of the dreaded "Live, Laugh, Love" sign phenomenon. But a closer look will reveal something much more divisive.
You see, the white plates are marked with circles of various sizes, each corresponding to a different phrase. On the dinner plate, the smallest circle reads "skinny jeans," the middle "favorite jeans," and the largest: "mom jeans." The plates are manufactured by a company called Pourtions.
In an Instagram post earlier this month, the company introduced the plates as a way to "bring our mischievous message of mindful moderation to the masses." Understandably, though, many commenters weren't sold. One mother mentioned her struggle with an eating disorder, while others warned of the effect such an attitude towards food and weight might have on children (given that, you know, the verbiage suggests these are geared toward mothers).
By Sunday evening, Macy's apparently came to its senses (read: saw the negative PR) and responded that it would be pulling the plates from its stores, where they had been merchandised within the STORY pop-up shop. We're rooting for them to be replaced with these amended versions, submitted by one Twitter user:
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