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Sisters Ejected From Mall For Breast Cancer Hats

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According to a report from Philadelphia news station ABC 6, Zakia Clark and her sisters were booted from the Philadelphia-area King of Prussia Mall on Sunday. The women were reportedly wearing hats emblazoned with the words “FUCK CANCER” in pink type, though not quite, as the letter c in the word fuck was replaced by a pink ribbon – a well-known symbol of the breast cancer awareness movement. Mall security reportedly asked them to leave, and began arguing with Clark before kicking them out.

The hats were a reference to Clark’s mother, 51-year-old Jackie Underwood, who had just died after a four-year battle with breast cancer. The sisters were reportedly shopping for funeral dresses when they were kicked out of the mall.

Mall management released a statement to ABC 6, saying that the King of Prussia Mall is a “family destination” and that some words, even just suggested ones, “are considered profane and can offend many people.” One of Underwood’s daughters, Makia Underwood, pointed out that clothing with profanity – both explicit and implicit – can be bought within the mall. The mall has since apologized to Clark and her sisters, offering to donate money to a cancer charity.

Sisters Ejected From Mall For Breast Cancer Hats
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  • pattye

    im curious how many young men were kicked out for half naked women on their shirts. or pants hanging off thier hips. how many young wemon were kicked out for being half dressed. these last 2 things are more offensive to me that works on a hat.

  • jaime

    Oh my god everyone shut up. I’m not allowed to wear hats or hoods of any kind in many malls in Connecticut after a certain time. It’s not just because of profanity but because it blocks the view of your face or what you look like on camera it’s so if people are shoplifting you can actually see them and get a good description. They make EVERYONE take down there hats or hoods. Oh and pants hanging off the hips and girls dressed cheaply don’t make it hard to keep an eye on you.

  • dd

    Why not keep the f*&^ cancer hats and throw out EVERYBODY who is wearing pants down to their knees!! I don’t care if your name is Justin Bieber or Lil Wayne, throw their ass out!!!!!

    • Digusted American

      Both

  • H

    Legally, this is NOT a freedom of speech issue. Free speech applies to a public place, such as a street corner. An owner of a privately-owned business can tell anyone they want to leave their premises, even if it is a place where the public goes, just as you can tell someone to leave your privately-owned home.

  • LS

    I wonder why they didn’t just ask them to take the hats off? Would have been the logical thing to do?

    • Digusted American

      The gov’t must stop penalizing people with cancer that can’t work, but lose their homes, life savings and everything. That’s cruel and causes bitterness. Wearing retarded hat’s does nothing but show ignorance. If their mother would’ve approvedm I have no sympathy. No class!!

    • Digusted American

      They probably did. You ever deal with black girls? Peacock-head bobble.

  • LS

    I wonder why they didn’t just ask them to take their hats off? To tell you the truth anyone that has young children also have the right not to expose them to such language. BTW – I don’t think race has anything to do with it. It has to do with common sense. Would never let my kids walk out the door with that on their heads.

  • http://yahoo Margie

    I agree that the words or suggestion of them can be offensive and probably we don’t want our kids to see them.
    I disagree with the mall allowing the selling items in the shops in that same malls store front windows.
    Definitely a double standard and inappropriate.

  • http://yahoo judie

    BULL…..PEOPLE HAVE O RESPECT FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE ANYMORE. THE MALL HAS A RIGHT TO ASKTHEM TO LEAVE. THERE ARE LITTLE CHILDREN AND ADULTSWHO WOULD FEEL OFFEDED BY SEENG THAT IN A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE SHOPPING. NO WAY WOULD I HAVEGIVEN INT WHAT THEY DID. SHAME ON YOU GIRLS,IAM SUR YOUR MOTHER WOULD NOT BE PROUD OF YOU!!!

  • Rita

    With the history of breast cancer in my immediate family (it claimed my mother’s life, 2 of my 3 sisters have battled it and survived), I live in the daily shadow of breast cancer. I have VERY STRONG feelings against this horrific disease. Yet, I feel no need to broadcast my opinion in such a vulgar manner. The ball cap’s F bomb slogan does NOTHING to advance breast cancer awareness. The power of the true message is lost to repugnance. If the sisters want to solicit their distaste for cancer, they’d be better served by collecting contributions to fund research for a cure!

  • Arlyne

    As a cancer patient, breast cancer, lost one breast, now spreading to
    ungs, I believe lthat F U ribbon K is completely okay,, would I wear that hat, I’m 75, you bet I’d wear that that.

    • Yoey Doey

      Amen – I think u nailed the context here – the anger and frustration the sisters had and how they want to just scream at this disease for taking their mom.

    • Digusted American

      Hopefully you’d put your tooth back in too. How’s that bear and cig?

  • Yoey Doey

    Context is a big part in what’s deemed offensive. Ortiz’s impassioned message after the boston marathon bombing included the F word and it was all considered ok (and kids were at the stadium as well as watching on tv). Dunno who determines what context is considered offensive – e.g. I’m not offended by these hats (and I get the feeling of joining in the anger and frustration and grief for this terrible disease by the strong message).

    • Digusted American

      Good point. That was wrong too, but it effected many many families. Not selfish children mall-ratts

  • Yoey Doey

    This disease and the human condition where loved ones (and all of us) die are much, much more offensive than any 4-letter word can ever be. In fact, they’re so offensive that only the strongest language denouncing them is appropriate. Think about it for a second: they had to deal with 4 years of major suffering, watching their mother in agony and then being taken away from them. THAT is intensely offensive to any sense of innate ethics — we should all be collectively screaming at the universe for such atrocity. But instead we focus on some silly words and their ‘effect’ on people. Yuck.

    • Digusted American

      There’s a thing called you “filter”. Why is it no one else that lost many family members resort to ignorance?!

  • http://comcast.net Lucky

    All you here from minorities is you disrespect me or your racist. I deal with customers everyday and Puerto Ricans have to be some of the rudest people in the USA. They butt in front of others or interrupt you while your on the phone with another customer. They talk Spanish when they don’t want you to know what they’re saying or they get pissed off if don’t understand what they want. We get Asian and Mexican customers and they are polite and most are well spoken and if they aren’t they don’t get an attitude if you understand them. Maybe if you want to be in this country you should learn English and learn to respect your host’. The blacks and the white trash whites should also learn to speak English instead wuz up and yo and yo dissin me.

    • Digusted American

      I feel you pain. They keep racism alive and strong.

  • http://comcast.net Lucky

    All you here from minorities is you disrespect me or your racist. I deal with customers everyday and Puerto Ricans have to be some of the rudest people in the USA. They butt in front of others or interrupt you while your on the phone with another customer. They talk Spanish when they don’t want you to know what they’re saying or they get pissed off if don’t understand what they want. We get Asian and Mexican customers and they are polite and most are well spoken and if they aren’t they don’t get an attitude if you understand them. Maybe if you want to be in this country you should learn English and learn to respect your host’. The blacks and the white trash whites should also learn to speak English instead wuz up and yo and yo dissin me.

  • Digusted American

    But of course tippy-toe around race. Awww their black so they can do what they want. It’s their culture. NOT freedom of speech! I’d rather see a mastectomy boob-hat. That would get attention and sympathy.

  • Digusted American

    So I can wear a fuck bone-cancer hat since my mother died from it? No, she’d strongly disapprove. So I wouldn’t because I love and respected her. How about you girls?! Show respect and class. Morn in a proper way. Not to gain attention for yourselves. Not good attention for sure!

  • Digusted American

    Any place of business would and should get rid of the offenders. They have common sense America behind them. Good for the mall.

  • Buyerbwear

    So, these women couldn’t come up with a better slogan than Fu_k Cancer? And their hats with this slogan represent a tribute to their mother? Wow. Some mom she must have been to inspire her beloved daughters to strut around in profanity-laced outer wear.

  • Robert J

    After reading this and a large number of the comments, I really am amazed and wish to just pose a thought. Why do so many people think it is necessary to use profanity in the first place? Is it from a lack of education, a lack of sense of self-worth. Our language is very diverse, containing so many words that would not infer that maybe we just are too lazy to put in the effort to learn. Are people trying to show how cool they are. It is true that we have the right to express ourselves. Does that mean we have the right to be callus and unconcerned how what we say will affect others. Cancer of any type is horrendous. My mother has dealt with it. Fortunately she beat it and is 94. We as the human family need to stop being so quick to find reasons to be at each others throats. So sick of the race card being played on everything. Are we afraid to learn to be kind to those around us regardless of who they are. VERY SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN.

  • billybobonmynob

    all of this is so damn sad.. everyone here is all up tight now.
    for what. people are so quick to make assumptions. first thing 1st
    the hat never said anything about what you do in bed. 1 letter was missing. what would people be saying if it would have read FUNK cancer
    . if your child would have asked you what did that meen. what would any of you would have told your child then. people can say inappropiate all they want to. the botton line is they didnt say the explicit word. even if it did read the bad word, you dont want your child to read it but hearing it day in and day out is okey. the majority of the people here thats typing curse everyday around their kids and at your kids. so stop the madness. the key in the court would be. did they spell the word out right. no…. people people assumptions assumptions… and yes i didnt type to get a grade. i typed so you could read and assume.
    i am half and half..white and black. im proud of it.im not trash. im not ghetto. im just a hard working american who respect people for who they are and their belief.

  • billybobonmynob

    words are words. who make up these definitions of words.
    why do a person have to be uneducated because they dont think like you and I. just because a person might have a MD,DD,BA or what ever makes them better. NOT !!! you can have all the wealth and education in the world and you can still be a worthless dumb piece of crap. notice i didnt type (sh*t). but the 2 words can be used to make the same point. we all gonna die 1 day and whats left. nothing but materialistic things for rthe living to argue and fuss over about who’s getting what
    .

  • http://ipurplesquirrels.com Jon

    My condolences go out to the family. It’s a shame the sisters were ejected from the KOP mall however, I believe a vendor in the mall sold those sisters the F*ck Cancer hats upon request. The stores within the mall also sell clothing with suggestive or vulgar language on them.

    From the person who reported this incident to mall security to the vendor who sold the hats, all the way back to how the mall handled the situation was a complete lack of judgement.

  • Sean

    I Hope You All You RACIST people, Black And White Die From Cancer!!! That’s what I’m going to put on a shirt and wear to the King Of Prussia Mall…You think that’s inappropriate enough to get kicked out??

  • S

    I just want to know where I can get those hats! I will buy a dozen!

  • Chris Snyder

    Everyone has their own rights and or point of view. In this case, I believe that the sisters had a “Very Good Reason” to do so. I am a man and I would wear the hat myself and walk right along side of them. This subject is something that every woman fears. Even as young girls growing up, they worry when they find out it runs in the family. As for the men, that usually does not sink in until years later. So why should a guy like me worry about “Breast Cancer”??? I worry for the women in my life, like my mother, wife, daughters, and my two grand daughters. enough said.

  • Roxanne

    Another example of bored security and police…. At the mall minding their business and look what happens!!!!! #Suethemdicks