Feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem speaks on stage at the 2016 MAKERS Conference at the Terrenea Resort on Feb. 1, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
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Lands’ End apologizes for interviewing Gloria Steinem in catalog

Clothing retailer Lands’ End is in hot water after it published an interview with political activist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog, prompting outrage from some customers.

Steinem, a feminist icon, was interviewed by Lands’ End CEO Federica Marchionni for the company’s “Legend Series,” which it says features people “who have made a difference in both their respective industries and the world at large.”

The interview was removed from the Lands’ End website after customers overwhelmed the company’s Facebook page with complaints about interviewing an abortion rights supporter.

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“Those of us who love family, love children, are completely puzzled why you would promote a very vocal pro abortion celebrity,” one customer wrote. “Are you anti-child? You want to kill off possible future customers?”

In a statement emailed to NBC News, Lands’ End said: “We greatly respect and appreciate the passion people have for our brand. It was never our intention to raise a divisive political or religious issue, so when some of our customers saw a recent promotion that way, we heard them. We sincerely apologize for any offense.”

Earlier this month, Steinem caused a stir after implying that young women who support Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for president only back him to meet men.

“Women get more radical as we get older,” Steinem said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” “Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age… When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”

She later issued an apology and said she misspoke, calling it a “case of talk-show interruptus.”

This article first appeared on NBCNews.com



Lands' End apologizes for interviewing Gloria Steinem in catalog