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Old Navy under fire for 'disrespectful' toddler T-shirts

Old Navy is facing criticism for a line of toddler T-shirts that "discourage" artists.
/ Source: TODAY

Old Navy is the latest fashion brand to face criticism over a design choice, this time for a line of T-shirts that "discourage" artists, according to critics.

The shirts in question, featured in the brand's toddler section, read "Young Aspiring Artist," except that "artist" is crossed out and replaced with other professions like "president" and "astronaut."

"Thanks @OldNavy for telling kids that art is a less viable career path than astronaut," one woman, who described herself as a working artist, wrote on Twitter.

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"Way to discourage creativity," someone else wrote.

And many others are sounding off on social media:

Some people pointed out that an artist probably designed the shirt, and one person even offered a redesign of the controversial tees:

Old Navy was quick to apologize, and the shirts are no longer available online. The brand sent the following statement to TODAY:

"At Old Navy we take our responsibility to our customers seriously," spokesperson Debbie Felix said. "We would never intentionally offend anyone, and we are sorry if that has been the case. Our toddler tees come in a variety of designs including tees that feature ballerinas, unicorns, trucks and dinosaurs and include phrases like, 'Free Spirit.' They are meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations. With this particular tee, as a result of customer feedback, we have decided to discontinue the design and will work to remove the item from our stores."