Newsflash: It’s hot AF outside in most parts of the United States right now. In my book, you get points if you can actually survive the heat in a tank top and shorts–the quintessential summer outfit that was deemed “inappropriate” for a Michigan woman shopping at the mall (aka minding her damn business) this past Saturday.
Hannah Pewee shared the post below of her ordeal after another anonymous shopper who should’ve been minding her own damn business as well reported her to mall security and she was subsequently kicked out of the shopping center.
“As many of you know, it is NINETY degrees outside today in West Michigan,” Pewee wrote. “Aka, really hot. So, of course, I decided to dress for the weather: shorts and a tank top. But apparently, how I was dressed (see photo below) was too slutty for the public, as I was kicked out of the Woodland Mall today.
“Yup. Apparently some anonymous person reported me to MALL SECURITY for inappropriate dress and I was kicked out.
“Never mind that within a one foot radius there were plenty of girls dressed just like me, since it’s NINETY degrees outside. I am so angry right now I’m shaking. I felt so embarrassed I almost cried. All because a stranger didn’t like how I dressed.
“The Woodland Mall should be ashamed of themselves, as well as that anonymous complainer. It’s my body, and it’s hot outside! I’m not going to show up in jeans and a sweater, sorry. Don’t like it? Look away! I was out having a fun time with my sister and next thing I know, I’m out on the street. Slut-shaming how girls are dressed is deplorable and outdated, and it needs to stop.”
Dare I say this could possibly be more about race than simple slut-shaming? Case in point, some of the responses on Pewee’s post, which has now been shared more than 7,000 times, like this woman who noted, “That’s bullsh-t my friend and I go to the mall wearing short shorts and a tank with no bra and they don’t say a thing to us.” Said commenter is white.
One day after the ordeal, Pewee posted a follow-up message on the situation, saying Woodland Mall management apologized to her — personally, not publicly — and is currently revising the clothing policy on their website.
“Alright, so I talked on the phone with the someone on the management team at Woodland and they apologized for what happened yesterday. Apparently they’re going to revise their clothing policy on their website so it is clearer what is and isn’t acceptable. In addition, security will be discussing how to properly handle situations like this.
“I want to thank everyone for the supporting messages, it really helped, especially when so many people were more than ready to tear me apart. Thank you all so much ❤️ Hopefully some good can come out of this all!”
Currently. the Woodland Mall Code of Conduct notes the following policies regarding clothing, neither of which apply to Pewee’s outfit.
- Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes, is required. Clothing with inappropriate words, phrases or graphics is not permitted and is subject to mall management approval.
- Excluding attire worn in accord with religious practice, tradition or significance, deliberately obscuring the face is prohibited.
This woman is owed far more than a private apology.