'Chicago Stronger' t-shirt pulled after NHL fans blast makers

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

Remember all of the hoopla after a Toronto Maple Leafs fan inexplicably displayed a “Toronto Stronger” sign outside the Air Canada Centre in an attempt to assert Toronto’s superiority over the Boston Bruins?

At the time, it was seen as an absurd mocking of the “Boston Strong” mantra, the slogan Boston residents used in the wake of April’s Boston Marathon bombings in moving past the deadly tragedy.

Now, Chicago-based T-shirt company Cubby Tees is under siege for mass producing “Chicago Stronger” shirts as the Chicago Blackhawks do battle with the Boston Bruins for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Like the Toronto fan, who was endlessly demonized for his disrespectful decision, Cubby Tees was quickly put on blast and forced to pull the shirts off the shelves – but not without taking a parting shot at those who criticized the decision.

“We wish that more had read the description for the “Chicago Stronger” shirt (or that we had more fully expressed it) so that they might have recognized the design’s satirical nature and realized that it was targeting the tasteless exploiters in Boston’s midst rather than any innocent victims," the company said in a statement.

“Though we: (a) are loathe to take any action that appears to bow to bullying, and; (b) had hoped that residents of the “Cradle Of Liberty” held a greater appreciation for the freedom of expression … we’ve nevertheless pulled the shirt in the interest of harmony between two great cities.”

On April 15, suspected terrorists set off twin blasts that rocked the finish line at Boston’s iconic marathon, killing three and injuring more than 200.

One of the alleged perpetrators, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died days later following a gun fight with police.

His brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, was later captured by police and remains in custody.


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