Tom Fraud aka Alleged Scammer Shaun King Pushing Clothing Line With $150 Hoodies, Twitter Attacks
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Shaun King must have the most horrible case of poor self-awareness known to mankind. The activist who has been accused of being a scammer relentlessly is now pushing his own clothing line, and the reaction has been as vitriolic as you would expect.
By now, it's clear that whenever King's name is affiliated with just about anything, a cacophony of charges of misappropriating funds or ambulance chasing is sure to follow. While King has always vehemently denied being a scammer, he always dips his toe in a cause that raises the eyebrows of the wary or people that generally dislike him.
The latest salvo is his own clothing line called A Real One. Be clear, it's perfectly fine for anyone to open a business and provide legitimate products for sale. The problem here is that King's reputation has many seeing this as nothing but the latest grift. Then in move that seems designed to exponentially draw the ire of his detractors, the price points of his clothing line are on par, if not above, those of top-tier, established brands like Supreme or even Nike.
In the IG post announcing his A Real One x PROTOTYPE hoodies drop, he gives all sorts of details of why this garment is official with a whistle. "It's the only fully Black owned hoodie in the world made with Black owned partners from the seed to the shipping. Made by Black owned businesses in Tanzania, Kenya, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Atlanta," says King
Allegedly, the product is mid-weight French Terry, fits true to size (up to XXL) and it's made from 100% organic cotton from Black-owned farms in Tanzania.? That's cool and all, but the hoodie that King is hawking reportedly goes for a cool $150+. Keep in mind, you can get a chunky reverse weave Champion hoodie for about $65 bucks. And if we really want to keep it a bean, if the craftmanship King described about the making of this hoodie is legit, $150 might not even be realistic (read: it would cost even more).
Nevertheless, King says his brand is empowering Black people. We shall see.
Peep the slander, or keen observations, or both, in the gallery, it's quite passionate.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) October 17, 2021
This man is using flatblackness and social justice as a marketing scheme in the middle of a shortage and inflation hike to sell $149.00 hoodies. #griftersgonegrift pic.twitter.com/b9WYsDRNTI
— JP (@MrIntrospect222) October 17, 2021
Starting a GoFundMe to buy a Shaun King hoodie but then keeping the money and buying a PS5 pic.twitter.com/mqktHMjRKa
— Rod (@rodimusprime) October 18, 2021
It really bothers me that @shaunking is trying to guilt his demographic of predominantly working-class people of color into buying his $150 hoodie and $50 tall tee because the business is Black-owned. That moniker should be synonymous with quality, not expense.
— Queen Helene (@ms_paulaessi) October 17, 2021
The cotton was what now? pic.twitter.com/5IAPEMvUnt
— Humans Person (@TweetsFlyinHigh) October 18, 2021
he should stick to selling 150 dollar white hoods... pardon me i meant hoodies. white hoodies. https://t.co/0DFkacwyOx
— Imani Gandy Corn (@AngryBlackLady) October 13, 2021
Shaun King tries so hard to be the blackest man on earth....
"These are the blacketty blackest black hoodies y'all ever seen. Pay me."
I'm way over his ass, but ugh. pic.twitter.com/yqaipTtYnX
— Aggressively Black Bianca (@TheeKHiveQueenB) October 18, 2021
Shaun King said his hoodie is the only fully Black Owned Hoodie on the planet like my homie Tameka Peoples don't exist smh pic.twitter.com/zOLZBs8paY
— Bready Ruxpin (@Creative_Bully) October 17, 2021
Next few tweets are #ShaunKing's scam emails this week.
Starting with this one on Tues.
Admits the idea of ripping people off selling $65 tshirts and $165 hoodies came to him "soon after the murders of Breonna Taylor and Arbery"#Psychopath@AlexFuSheng @liesbychuck2 @BosToLax pic.twitter.com/voqZINrEaH
— vaya con dios (@VayaConDiosGL) October 14, 2021