Local entertainment magazine RVAMag, in an online post Friday, Jan. 20, published statements expressing distaste for a cornerstone of the collegiate wardrobe.
A vague aversion to Ugg boots — unisex sheepskin boots and Australian imports, so named for the general verbal reaction to their appearance (“ugh”) – is not uncommon among armchair fashionistas. Arguments for the boots tend to revolve less around their visual appeal and more on their wearability and comfort.
But many readers found opinions expressed by Britt Sebastian, RVAMag contributor and designer of fashion brand Hollywood Cemetery, a bit too personal.
“These boots are designed with a small amount of whoredom in mind,” Sebastian wrote. “The pathetically uncreative styling of this boot was specifically designed by Ugg to match a pair of black spandex, a North Face fleece jacket and a shirt with some Greek symbols on it. Ugg originally intended to call these boots ‘Open for Business,’ but they eventually settled for the less egregious name, ‘Sorority Slut.’”
“If you have recently been with a girl that wears anything off the list above,” the post concludes, “save the trip to the doctor’s office; you have chlamydia.”
The backlash against the article from readers, as well as from such publications as New York Magazine (“Magazine removes ‘humorous’ article that links Uggs to chlamydia, prostitution”), was such that RVAMag had taken the article down from its website as of press time.
“I just really want to thank RVA magazine for supporting such excellent content,” one online reader commented on the original article. “I don’t know how I went about my day not knowing that girls who wear Ugg boots have sex lives I should judge them for and maybe even shame them for!”
R. Anthony Harris, RVAMag publisher, referred to Sebastian as a “comedian” and said his comments, “are not to be taken seriously. He made an observation and decided to pick on Ugg Boots. He has had some really funny articles in the past … a few like this one … cross some invisible line and upset people.”
“Too bad some of this firestorm couldn’t cross over to supporting local music and art,” he continued.
In the firestorm’s afterglow, CT reporters took to the streets to gauge the opinion of real, offline VCU students on the fuzzy boots we all love, or love to hate.
Photos by Amber-Lynn Taber