It’s a world gone mad! Mad, we tell you! Our favorite kooky, sixties inspired brand has inadvertently caused a twitstorm following the release of its new handbag, a canvas ‘tote’, which some over sensitive tweeters claimed could be seen to support Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The reason? The $228 bag, featured above, which is intended to read ‘I [heart] KSNY [Kate Spade New York]’, features a playing card ‘spade’ symbol in place of an ‘S’. For some hard to fathom reason, tweeters claimed that the slogan could be read as ’I [heart] KONY’, in reference to Joseph Kony, who is wanted for crimes against humanity!
Now, maybe it’s just us, but how or why anyone would think of Joseph Kony when they saw this cutsey tote with its pink love heart is, to quote Larry David, pretty, pretty, strange… The spade is quite clearly a play on the ‘Spade’ name and doesn’t remotely resemble an ‘O’. Nonetheless, Kate Spade, obviously horrified at any suggestion of support for Kony, has agreed to pull the tote from its collection. The company issued the following statement to the Daily Fail when quizzed on the matter.
“This bag was designed as a celebration of Kate Spade New York, using the abbreviation of our name, kate (spade) new york. We regret the interpretation of this tote’s design and apologize for any misunderstanding. We take customer feedback seriously and are actively working to withdraw these items from our stores and wholesale partners.”