Critics are saying the tees send mixed messages to teens: glorifying being "sexy," yet asking teens to abstain from sex.
The Candie's Foundation PR maintains that the Foundation's mission is not to teach only abstinence, but to "educate on the consequences of teen pregnancy [and challenge] America's youth to make healthy decisions about sex." Yet from most of what can be found at Candie's Foundation's website, the organization whose aim is "teen pregnancy prevention," seems to talk more about abstaining from sex, versus teaching contraception methods.
This isn't the first time Candie's Foundation has made headlines this year. In May, Sarah Palin's teen daughter Bristol was appointed the Foundation's new ambassador, after giving birth to a son in December.
Beyoncé, Ciara, Jenny McCarthy, Ashley Tisdale, Hilary Duff and other stars have also lent their support to the cause. Some of the celebrity catch phrases have included: "Be Sexy: It Doesn't Mean You Have to Have Sex" and "Be Smart: You Are Too Young to Start."
The wording on the latest "Be Sexy Tee" came from Sarina Adams, a contestant from Carmel, NY, who entered the slogan-writing contest sponsored by Candie's Foundation and Seventeen.
So what do you think? Is the tee sending mixed signals to teens or is all of this fuss about nothing? Leave a comment!