Kirstie Alley gave her response in regards to a statement made by author Robin Lewis who claimed that Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jeffries "doesn't want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people." She told Entertainment Tonight, "That would make me never buy anything from Abercrombie."
Alley added that her children would do the same. "I've got two kids in that bracket, but they will never walk in those doors because of his view of people - forget women, his view of just people," she said.
Lewis recently slammed the company in a statement, saying that as a CEO, Jeffries "doesn't want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn't want his core customers to see people who aren't as hot as them wearing his clothing." Lewis added that the company was only interested in people who had slim figure.
Lewis pointed out Jeffries' statement in a Salon interview in 2006, "That's why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people." Jeffries added, "We don't market to anyone other than that."
Abercrombie & Fitch scrambled to do some damage control. In a statement posted on the company's Facebook, Jeffries explained, "While I believe this year old, resurrected quote has been taken out of context, I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense." He added that the company and its staffers "care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion."