Your dinner plate shouldn't shame you for eating off of it. But that's exactly what a set being sold at Macy's did.
The retailer has since removed the dinnerware from their concept shop, Story, after facing social media backlash for the "toxic message" they were sending.
The plates, made by Pourtions, have circles on them to indicate what a proper portion should look like, along with "helpful — and hilarious — visual cues" to keep people from "overindulging."
There are serval different styles, with one version labeling the largest portion as "mom jeans," the medium portion as "favorite jeans," and the smallest portion as "skinny jeans."
This troublesome imagery rubbed people the wrong way, with some accusing the plates' messaging of encouraging eating disorders.
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How can I get these plates from @Macys banned in all 50 states https://t.co/1spntAluVl— Alie Ward (@Alie Ward) 1563738371
Ward later told the Huffington Postthe plates reminded herof the "moms to young girls to guys who dismiss centuries of crushing beauty standards and laugh them off." Ward joked about banning the plates because she "just wanted to show the world how insidious beauty culture, and in this case one that shames women, can be. But I wanted Macy's to know that what they carry and display matters, it can hurt people, and they're accountable for it."
Other people on Twitter echoed Ward's sentiments, saying the plates promoted unhealthy behavior and were guilty of fat shaming.
@thephysicsgirl @alieward @Macys Just what I need; my plate fat-shaming me. 🤣— Marxist Fangirl #🚫bourgeoisie (@Marxist Fangirl #🚫bourgeoisie) 1563744907
@alieward @StefiSaysSo @Macys Oh, for heavens sake @Macys. Promote eating disorders much?? This is unacceptable.— Pixel'sMom (@Pixel'sMom) 1563744420
@alieward @Macys This is a toxic message, promoting even greater women beauty standards and dangerous health habits… https://t.co/iuiCycoxrw— Anna L. Puchkoff (@Anna L. Puchkoff) 1563740314
@roguetowel @alieward @Macys Its mere science, if you stack food only in the Skinny Jeans circle, even if it is a t… https://t.co/gZmYaIBcFI— kara, a bastille fan out in the wild (@kara, a bastille fan out in the wild) 1563762491
@alieward @Macys fixed them https://t.co/Uqj68iwvYz— Liz Climo (@Liz Climo) 1563740995
As a result, Macy's decided to pull the plates from Story. "Hi, Alie — we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product. It will be removed from all STORY at Macy's locations," Macy's Tweeted.
@alieward Hi, Alie — we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product. It w… https://t.co/MB2qyXMCCR— Macy's (@Macy's) 1563754038
It's great that Macy's stepped up to the plate and drew a line. The difference between being a "foodie" and being in a "food coma" isn't a line on your dinnerware. Nobody should feel judged by an inanimate object.
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