Lululemon Founder Blames Women for See-Through Yoga Pants Problem

    November 13, 2013
    Erika Watts
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Remember the yoga pants by Lululemon that were recalled earlier this year because of the slight issue of them becoming see-through? Lululemon founder Chip Wilson found himself in hot water last week after he blamed women for the problem with his yoga pants. People were outraged with his comments, no surprise there, and Wilson has since issued an apology via YouTube and Twitter.

Lululemon issued a recall back in March of this year on 17 percent of its black yoga pants after receiving complaints that the material was too thin, which made them see-through during workouts. Women who owned the defective pants, which cost anywhere from $72 to $98 retail, were given full refunds or replacements. At the time, Lululemon blamed the problem on receiving a defective batch, but a few days ago, founder Chip Wilson told Bloomberg the issue was really with the women who wore the pants.

While Wilson admitted there was a problem with the design of the pants, he said the issue was more about the type of women who tried to wear the pants. “The thing is that women will wear seatbelts that don’t work [with the pants], or they’ll wear a purse that doesn’t work, or quite frankly some women’s bodies just actually don’t work for it,” Wilson said. “It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time and how much they use it.”

Let’s just say that women in general were less than pleased with Wilson’s claim that a lack of “thigh gap” was causing the pants to be defective, rather than the material. Check out some of the ticked off comments women made on Twitter below.

Wilson has since issued an apology for his comments via YouTube and Twitter. “I’m sad, I’m really sad,” Wilson says in the video. “I’m sad for the repercussions of my actions. I’m sad for the people of Lululemon who I care so much about, that have really had to face the brunt of my actions.” Check out his apology video below.

Do you think Wilson’s comments were out of line, or are people just too easily offended these days? Respond below.

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  • Yep

    Listen. We have to start dealing with reality in America. Not some made up politically correct society. America is all about looks and appearance. We are so superficial. Does anyone believe that the Casey Anthony case would have gotten the exposure it did if Casey would have been a fat woman? No. Casey Anthony was attractive and that is what attracted the networks to the case. If Casey would have been a man or a fat woman, they would have hung her and no one on TV would have cared. Doubt what I am saying? There are men sitting in prison for decades for crimes that don’t even have victims let alone one where the evidence is overwhelming. The courts hang men. But a pretty women can get away with murder. We are simply all about appearance.

    I am not saying I think it is right or the way things should be. I am not saying I like it. I am just saying that is the way it is. That is reality. Right now, the reality is that America is fat as hell. Being politically correct about it is not going to change things. It is just like the tweet from that woman named Amanda Armstrong. We shouldn’t get so bent out of shape when someone gives an opinion that is not politically correct. The reality is there are a lot of fat women out there that shouldn’t even think of wearing yoga pants, but they do.

    • F no

      Fat women “shouldn’t even think of wearing yoga pants”?? Wtf. People give fat women so much crap for being “irresponsible” and “unhealthy,” then turn around and claim that the sight of them wearing workout clothing and actively becoming healthier is distasteful. Personally I think anyone who wants to wear yoga pants should be able to do so–they are comfortable and practical for the gym.

  • Not on your life

    This has nothing to do with whether American women are too fat or not. The reality is that these yoga pants sold for between $72 and $98 and were not a quality product. We need to stop accepting mediocrity just so wealthy corporations can get richer. Blaming your customers for defective products is a new low in corporate America’s “send manufacturing to any country that will make it for five cents less” mentality.

  • http://den3921@gmail.com jd

    The bottom line is women are sluts yoga pants are for the gym but women think they are some fashion statement. Yes the CEO was right yoga pants font belong on fat women its gross and yes your thighs rub together lets be real. Yes they were a defective batch of yoga pants but I have seen in the Seattle area women on numerous times standing in front of me in sheer see through yoga pants I can see everything they know it they are sluts. Do don’t get mad at the CEO calling out you women for what you really are sluts.

    • KK

      So, jd, are men sluts for taking off their shirt to show off their not so perfect physique when they are working on the side of the road… You must not have fully read the article and only took a rather immature stance on the matter. Which is, a CEO not taking responsibility for his companies mistake. Which, I might add, had nothing to do with the size of the girl or woman wearing the product, but rather the poor choice of material used to manufacture the product they proudly price and sell at $80+. Learn to read before you make yourself look like a complete fool. Thank you Wilson for the apology to not only your company & it’s employees for displaying an opinion many of them don’t have and for aplolgizing to your customers, who, without them, you wouldn’t be a CEO.

    • KK

      You, my unfortunate fellow American, are not worth bashing or making feel like a fool. Instead, I hope you mature and realize that your poor stance on women needs some serious adjusting. Furthermore, educate yourself some. I truly feel you are lacking life lessons as well as a proper education (and maybe corporal punishment) and maybe with a few inspirational YouTube videos and positive volunteer work, you may be able to turn yourself around and become a decent human. Good luck friend!

  • Brittany M.

    I agree with him though, really fat girls shouldn’t wear yoga pants, or leggings. The material just cannot handle it and when they’re stretched that far, they’re bound to break. Besides, fat women just look gross in them.

    How do you wear yoga pants when you’re fat? You don’t.

  • Ben

    Women know exactly what they are wearing give me a break! You know when your thong is showing or going to show before you every go out of the house. You know how much cleavage your going to show and if your nipples will poke through when cold or aroused.

    Most yoga pants are tight and they show everything you got anyway so your butt crack and maybe more shows when you bend over most of you want this anyway.

    Don’t act shocked about this. I have commented to my wife about her friends entire butt showing through her yoga pants and it never stops her from wearing them and going commando. She likes showing her butt and that’s ok with me but she never acted stupid about it she knows she is showing her stuff and of you don’t your walking through life in a haze.

  • kitteyandkat

    Wow, this is ridiculous. It’s sexist when he mentions that the fabric will vary with different body types? Geez feminists are so sensitive these days!

    If you’re 5’5 and 220 pounds, your leggings are going to be more see through than someone who is 5’10 and 130 pounds.

  • Dickus Dell

    Insecure and out of shape women who can’t take honest criticism. They want hear, only what they want to hear. Typical. I have nothing against women who are over weight. But the ones who are lying to themselves that they aren’t part of the issue need to grow up.