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The Old Navy Shirt Your Toddler Shouldn't Wear

"Dream big," we tell our kids. "Be anything you want to be." But one of Old Navy's shirts was preaching a different message that caused online outrage over the holidays.

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The retail giant came under scrutiny for an infant/toddler shirt design bearing the phrase "Young Aspiring Artist," with "artist" crossed out and replaced with titles like "Astronaut" and "President" instead.

In an open letter to young aspiring artists (and Old Navy), artist Mike Allebach wrote, "Those words hit me because I believe it's hard work being an artist. Some how I want to believe the person who created it was trying to convey this. Or maybe I'm being kind and Old Navy just wanted to sell a design the helicopter parent demographic would buy."

People have even made shirts with other career moves in response.

Old Navy spokesperson Debbie Felix said in a statement that the retailer 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."

As a result of the backlash, Old Navy discontinued the design and pulled the shirts from their stores. You go, Internet.

Photograph by: Twitter / GrundlerArt

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