Hooters for the kiddies

Spotted in LA by reader Leyla (click the photos for a bigger image):

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“Hooters Girl (in training)”

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“Hooters girls dig me”

Yes, those are toddler sizes.


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29 comments for “Hooters for the kiddies

  1. January 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    First I tried to figure out how the company that made these decided there was a market for this. Then I remember Bratz and such. Then I tried to figure out who would buy this – and I remember the 9/11 Freedom Walk, complete with families where the males were in matching faux Soldier-of-Fortune camoflage, and (no kidding) the females in matching camo miniskirts (some with matching halter-tops, too), represented by a wide cross-section of ages. The families dressded like this were in the minority, but certainly a large enough group to get past the margin on toddler clothing.
    -_-

  2. January 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    First I tried to figure out how the company that made these decided there was a market for this. Then I remember Bratz and such. Then I tried to figure out who would buy this – and I remember the 9/11 Freedom Walk, complete with families where the males were in matching faux Soldier-of-Fortune camoflage, and (no kidding) the females in matching camo miniskirts (some with matching halter-tops, too), represented by a wide cross-section of ages. The families dressded like this were in the minority, but certainly a large enough group to get past the margin on toddler clothing.
    -_-

    (Apologies if this is a double-post)

  3. j swift
    January 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Wow, those are as classy as the Gary Gilmore t-shirts with the bloody bullet holes on them.

  4. January 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I.. wha… who… hunh?

    I could understand it in tween sizes (not condone, mind, but understand given the way things are going)… but toddlers? Really?

    I mean, the second one strikes me as…less bad than the first. I could see it working, particularly if mom works at Hooters or something. But the first one just seems a couple kinds of wrong that I don’t much care for.

  5. louise
    January 2, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    WTF? Seriously, WTF?

  6. Meghan
    January 2, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    How long before people try to sexualize an embryo?

  7. January 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    This makes me think of the Raisins girls from Southpark.

    Anyone who would actually buy these for children should be watched very very carefully.

  8. January 2, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    on my way to work sunday mornings, taking route 4 in bergen county, nj, there is an unbelievable hooters billboard:
    “hey mom and dad: kids eat free all day tuesday!”

    i know the whole mozart baby genius thing is bullshit, but the bump n grind or hair metal that pulsates in those kinds of places probably has the opposite effect of beethoven or whathaveyou.

  9. Ms Jean
    January 2, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    FYI they have a children’s day at Hooters… thats right at the Tucson, Arizona Hooters right near the AFB, Hooters hosts Wednesday Kids Meals at low prices.

    Hooters… its an employment choice, but what the heck up with bringing your kids in for “hot wings?”

    Also They have sexualized the embryo, you are almost required to see the gender of the baby on a sonogram.

    Happy New Year!!!!

  10. Bitter Scribe
    January 2, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Oh for God’s sweet sake. What person in his/her right mind could POSSIBLY put something like this on a toddler?

  11. C.
    January 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    It’s getting to the point where I’m going to have to sew clothes for the children I’ll be having in ten years by hand, so that they don’t end up in this type of trash. Yech.

  12. January 2, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I can almost — almost — see the boy’s one. I took my 10-year-old nephew to Hooters once (don’t say it, it was the only goddamned place the kid would agree to eat something) and the waitresses loved him and made a big fuss over him. You could tell he was enjoying it but wasn’t quite old enough to know exactly why. ;-)

    The girl’s shirt? Ick. Ick ick ick.

  13. January 3, 2008 at 1:07 am

    When my wife’s nieces came to stay with us a few years ago (they were about 16 and 13) they wandered off to Hooters in Old Town Pasadena and came home wearing the short shorts they’d bought. My wife and I were amazed that they wanted the strange, ugly orange things. But they sensed an almost indefinable cachet… Both those girls are now mothers, and I would not be surprised if they got the boys’ shirt for their sons…

  14. January 3, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Shirt number 2 – crass and stupid.

    Shirt number 1 – still crass and stupid, with a side order of ick ick ick!

    Parents actually buy this stuff for their toddlers?

  15. louise
    January 3, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Re: sonograms- have a sonogram photo of our younger child clearly flipping us the bird. It’s in her baby book!

  16. Kat
    January 3, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I live in Virginia Beach, and they used to advertise the same “family” atmosphere at our local Hooters as well. Complete with Hooters girls pushing a baby up to the table in a high chair.

    And… to top it off, did you know that the hostesses, at least in this state, can be as young as 14? A few neighbor girls who were 14 were working there. I would ask them about their time on the clock and they seemed very versed in dodging passes from grown men. Ew.

  17. SoE
    January 3, 2008 at 11:31 am

    That shop seems kinda obsessed with Hooters.

    It’s so ridiculous to force sex shops out of business because there’s a school blocks away but allowing Hooters to advertise free kids meals. But hey, the girls there are not naked and have to serve the mens lust for flesh, so it’s totally acceptable -.-

  18. January 3, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    i’m having “idiocracy” flashbacks. just shoot me now.

  19. January 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I am speechless. Seems like no matter how bad it is, it can always get worse.

    In the kids section at the Hooters online store (“Life Begins at Hooters”), they also have this darling bib: “Your crib or mine?”

  20. House of Mayhem
    January 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    **but what the heck up with bringing your kids in for “hot wings?”**

    My theory:

    Kids eat free so dad’s w/ visitation privileges can feed the kids and enjoy eye candy at the same time.

  21. January 4, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    had to spread your word about this dangerous fashion disaster:

    what’s as disgusting and horrifying in this world as if huckabee were elected president?

  22. April 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    omg, Im a hooters girl and I just cant seem to understand why this is such a big deal. If you dont want this shirt on your child, dont buy it for them. How is it THAT bad? becuase we were shorts and tank tops? guess what else we do.. we work with charaties and local organizations in our community. I just recently attended a relay for life, which is a 12 hour walk for cancer. We also raise money for the V foundation to go towards breast cancer. We are fun loving girls that love our job and make money, some of us support our families, some of us pay our way through collge.. this is just unbelievable to me.

  23. Beca
    April 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    WOW.. I guess that many people won’t be taking their kids to the beach, because if you have gone to just about any beach recently you would have noticed women with bikini swimsuits that are less covering then most bra and panties. So, you next thought is that is the beach though, but a place does not make the clothing more acceptable. You were taught to believe that. Now you can shelter your children, but someday the real world will hit them. IT will occur when they reach college with out mom and dad to control them, and so they have no self control and go wild, I have seen all too many myself in college. So I will be getting them their hooters onesies, which they will know that they were not sheltered, and instead taught to watch, learn and make decisions that they believe are right based off of guidance.

  24. AMY
    July 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

    This makes me laugh………
    I am a Hooters Girl and its paying my way through college and not
    to mention I have been married for three years and my husband supports me and has no problem with me working there. But what is funny in this situation is that the people that have already formed an opinion about Hooters still continue to eat there…. And I would like to correct someones comment about guys taking there kids in to eat, its actaully FAMILIES that go there to eat. You know why? Cause its a family resturant! So just go to McDonalds and get your kids nuggets instead of wings.
    O and I am pregnant and my husband and I bought a bib that says ” titty bar, sounds like a good place for me” and a shirt that says daddy’s little squirt and it has a sperm swimming across it…. oops I thats so wrong of me huh??
    stick that in your juice box and suck it!

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