Abercrombie & Fitch has offered to pay Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, a character in hit reality show Jersey Shore, to stop wearing its clothes, fearing its image is being tarnished.
The offer includes other members of the MTV show’s brash, foul-mouthed, spray-tanned Italian-American cast, and A&F is “urgently waiting a response,” the US fashion retailer said in a statement.
The weight-lifting, tight-abbed Sorrentino could have walked straight out of one of A&F’s racy ads, which often feature well-toned young models, but the company wants nothing to do with him.
“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image,” an A&F spokesman said in the statement, titled “A Win-Win Situation.”
“We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.
“We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and the producers of MTV’s The Jersey Shore to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response.”
Jersey Shore first aired in 2009 and follows the adventures of eight young Italian-Americans on the Atlantic coast of the US state of New Jersey as they party all night, fight and drink themselves silly.
Sorrentino, a 29-year-old former model, often lifts his shirt to show off his six-pack in the show, flashing his underwear’s A&F logo.
The fourth season of Jersey Shore is currently being filmed in Florence, Italy with the first episode earlier this month pulling in a record 8.8 million viewers.
1. racy adj.
火辣的 (huo3 la4 de5)
例: The conservative crowd felt that the singer wearing sexy lingerie during her performance was too racy.
2. distressing adj.
困擾的 (kun4 rao3 de5)
例: Dealing with the loud rambunctious children all day was very distressing for the teacher.
3. substantial adj.
為數不少的 (wei2 shu4 bu4 shao3 de5)
例: That’s a substantial amount of salt you put on your french fries.
美國服飾品牌Abercrombie & Fitch已付錢給廣受歡迎的真人實境秀影集《玩咖日記》裡，綽號為「The Situation」的麥克‧索倫堤諾，請他別再穿該品牌服飾，唯恐有損品牌形象。