Fake Abercrombie & Fitch site ignites Twitter uproar

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abercrombie-brown-pants.jpgAbercrombie & Fitch has been called on the carpet in the past for its advertising, but the teen-focused clothier is blameless when it comes to the Twitter-storm that landed on the company Thursday (March 21).

Here's what happened. Apparently, the website abercrombie-and-fitchoutlet.com listed a pair of cargo pants described as "N***** Brown." But the site is bogus -- it's registered in China and doesn't even sell real A&F gear -- just knock-offs.

But, reports Gawker, the racial slur may not have been intentional. This has happened before and, in that case, a Chinese-to-English translation program was to blame.

They cite this reference from Snopes:

"A Chinese software company, Kingsoft Corp., acknowledged its translation program was at fault. When the Chinese characters for "dark brown" are typed into an older version of its Chinese-English translation software, the offensive description comes up."

Still, scads of tweets continue to fault A&F for the slur.

"Abercrombie & Fitch has always been a racist company," reads one tweet.

Somewhere a well-paid legal department is springing into action.