Today I have a polish that truly is the most frustrating I own. And it's not all because of its formula, application and what have you. It also presents me with an ethical dilemma. I speak of American Apparel.
I really dislike American Apparel's advertising and marketing. I find it to be very demeaning and overly sexual. I felt this way long before AA began making nail polish. This ick factor increased thanks to Claudine Ko's feature on AA founder Dov Charney, for Jane magazine in 2004. All the more frustrating, I supported AA's labor practices, that the garments were made in the USA and I agreed with the call for immigration reform. So...this left me conflicted. I wasn't sure if I could shop there or not.
Then, they make nail polish. And I was not yet the picky Lamb when it came to polish because I was newly obsessed. So I decided to give it a shot and ventured into American Apparel's store right next to the University of Oregon campus. I picked up Office because I was obsessed with minty greens. Right about that time is when I read about all of the sexual harassment lawsuits and accusations. Yeah. I stashed my bottle in a dark corner and never messed with it.