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JC Penney Decides That No One is Too Pretty for Homework

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L.A. has a(n unfair) reputation for being superficial, but even here, a t-shirt that reads "I'm Too Pretty For Homework" wouldn't fly.

The full text of the shirt, made by JC Penney, was "I'm too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me." It was marketed to 7-16 year old girls and was made, ironically, by a company called Self Esteem, reports KTLA.

The t-shirt got the internet all riled up after Lauren Todd, a member of Change.org, saw it for sale on the JC Penney website and was so outraged that she started an online petition to have it pulled. The petition was launched yesterday, quickly generated 1,500 signatures, and by today the powers-that-be at JC Penney had acquiesced. In a statement, they said the following:

"We agree that the “Too pretty” t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale. Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them. We would like to apologize to our customers and are taking action to ensure that we continue to uphold the integrity of our merchandise that they have come to expect."