Goodbye Forever 21, Goodbye Forever.

This is the part of the blog where I show off my investigatory skills. Though many of you may have already noticed this, my story has jokes!


In my life I have only ever bought two things at Forever 21. I may very well be a true snob but forever 21 seems to have trashier implications than its Swedish counterpart (and my all time favorite store) H&M. In college I avoided shopping there because it has a terrible reputation for inhumane labor practices. But a few months ago, like any true shopping addict the smell of cheap clothing and something new to wear on a Friday night seduced me. So I paid for my 8 dollar t-shirt and went on my way with my little yellow plastic bag. On the plastic bag was printed “forever 21” (duh) but there was a smaller marking on the bottom. Are you ready for this: John 3:16.

I don’t know much about the bible, but that seemed to draw resonance in my small catalog of bible references. I hoped maybe it was just denoting the bag manufacturer and the size of the bag? That’s possible right? Maybe in a completely religious-free act every bag is marked with someone’s name and birthday? I didn’t want to think about it. I don’t like church in my state and I really don’t like it all up in my tank tops. For the moment I chose ignorance. But last week after another purchase there it was on the bag again. This time a friend more inspired, or rather disgusted, decided to figure out exactly what this meant. Here is what she found:

“ok– this is john 3:16
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
get it? eternal- like forever 21…”

I’m not sure what all that means but I am pretty sure that by “eternal life” God didn’t mean for people to live in a state of prolonged adolescence, whoring themselves out in overly-trendy tank tops made by unpaid Chinese laborers who arent allowed to go to the bathroom.
But then again it’s hard to know exactly what God is thinking.

July 21, 2006. Uncategorized.

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