It's been a week and a half since the NY Times published a bitchy review of Manhattan's first J.C. Penney, penned by columnist Cintra Wilson (pictured). She received plenty of unkind words in return for her barrage of insults about the average American woman and her size 12 style. Last week, she declared on her blog that the issue has been "flame-broiled to death" (a nod to the fast food nation she targeted?), but yesterday the Gray Lady gave her a lexical slap on the wrist.
In the piece, Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times, says his mother was a Penney's devotee, and goes on to publicly declare that he wishes Wilson's review was never published, saying it “would make a fine exhibit for someone making the case that The Times has an arrogant streak." Yet they go on to say the real surprise is "that Wilson’s reviews haven’t created more of a controversy before now.“ As the writer herself explains, her biting style is meant for who she believes her audience to be: “1,300 women in Connecticut and urban gay guys in Manhattan.”
Meanwhile, the department store's VP of Communications told the paper, “We found the review very offensive to our customers.” She went on to say that the average American woman wears a size 12 and weighs 150 lbs; while the shop was stocked for their regular customers, in Manhattan "smaller sizes sold out quickly, and the mix will be adjusted to meet demand." But even if more size 2 products are on the racks, will Wilson dare let Penney's polyblend graze her skin?