Screw you, Lulu

Lululemon and founder Chip Wilson can suck it.

Instead of the peace and zen that should emanate from a yoga-clothing supplier, Wilson is spewing hate and showing his ignorance. If his company’s damn clothes weren’t so damn overpriced, I’d be tempted to burn my Lulu outfits in the front yard.

I will admit I like Lulu’s clothes, despite the crazy-high prices: they’re cute, different, and stylish (says the woman who started playing tennis because she liked the outfits). They’re made from fabrics that stand up to a real workout (except for that one batch of see-through yoga pants, that is).

In attempting to explain the problem with the recalled yoga pants, Wilson created a couple of new yoga poses, which I don’t expect to see in my yoga class: Foot In Mouth and Flaming Douchebag. During an interview with Bloomberg TV, instead of taking responsibility for the faulty pants, Wilson blamed the women who wear them — and shell out $98 for each pair — for being too fat.

Yes, you read that right.

Wilson blames his customer base for being too fat.

“Some women’s bodies just don’t work for it.” I’m assuming the “it” he so uneloquently refers to is the pants. I would expect someone with a net worth of nearly $3 billion to be a bit more articulate, but I am picky that way.

When  pressed  to elaborate on the women’s bodies that “just don’t work,” Wilson added, “They don’t work for some women’s bodies. It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time.”


In an effort to clarify this insane suggestion, the Bloomberg TV reporter asked Wilson if Lululemon yoga pants are something that every woman, regardless of size, can wear. He said, “I think they can, I just think it’s how you use them.”

Wait — how we use them? How we use the yoga pants? Maybe like, for yoga?

The yoga pants are see-through — even though they cost 100 clams a pair — and this jackass is blaming the customer? And trying to throw up a loophole that questions how we might “use” yoga pants? Come on, man.

It gets better. Or worse, actually.

As part of his raving lunacy, Wilson offered this:

“Breast cancer also came into prominence in the 1990s. Ultimately,  I suggest this was due to the number of cigarette-smoking power women who were on the pill (initial concentrations of hormones in the pill were very high) and taking on the stress previously left to men in the working world.”


While he clearly has a history of blaming the victim, Wilson can’t be serious about the causes of breast cancer. I can’t get past his choice of words describing breast cancer as something that “came into prominence.” Sadly, breast cancer is not like a desperate celebrity seeking its 15 minutes of fame; it’s here for the long haul. And it’s been around a lot longer than the 1990s. Idiot.

On the Lululemon blog, Wilson wrote a post elaborating his ass-hatty ideas and blathering on in moronic fashion, then summarizes by dropping this little gem: “lululemon was formed because female education levels, breast cancer, yoga/athletics and the desire to dress feminine came together all at one time.  lululemon saw the opportunity to make the best technologically advanced components for [this] market in the 1990s.”

Sooooo, this genius created Lululemon because of women’s education, breast cancer, sports/fitness, and wanting to look pretty? Like a perfect storm, these mythical female elements of the universe converged to form a $10 billion company, and Wilson has women — fat, power-hungry, cigarette-smoking, birth-control-popping, breast-cancer having, vain women — to thank for his fame & fortune. Except, instead of thanking us, he somehow manages to blame and alienate us.

Screw you, Lululemon. I’m going to the Athleta store; I need some new yoga pants.

9 Comments on “Screw you, Lulu”

  1. David Benbow says:

    Thankfully, we’re already an Althleta family, so we won’t have to have a Lulu-burning party in our front yard (and considering that you’re only borrowing your current front yard, I suggest you don’t do it either).

  2. Christy says:

    He’s an ass. I never bought the clothes cuz they are ridiculously prices. I’ll never even consider buying them now because of him. Jerk!!!

  3. mmr says:

    Thanks for alerting to this– am going to forward to the women I know who actually shop there. Hmm, I thought maybe John Adams’ daughter is the one who made breast cancer so trendy; I’m sure everyone wanted a mastectomy after she had to undergo one sans modern anesthesia with a stick between her teeth (Yes, I learned that from the tv series– none of my friends who raved about the show thought to warn me about that scene…). So does this boob of a guy offer some sort of mastectomy excercise clothing line with say fake boobs in it or something? Because I don’t see at all how breast cancer and yoga pants intersect. I can’t do a lot of excercises now thanks so much to trying to have my chest rebuilt. Downward dog or anything where I have to push up? No way. Kudos to those gals who posted the photo of the pants, by the way. I guess they had a burning desire to dress “feminine” in those things that look like sweat pants that have been through the washer too many times.

  4. Cali Fleur says:

    I just plain hate him!

  5. Renn says:

    Never owned a pair and sure-as-hell won’t be buying them now! Yowza.

  6. Can’t feel anything but pity for this dude….PS I love Athleta 🙂

  7. Wendy says:

    I was going to “help” him out a little by explaining some of the technical properties of fabrics but as I kept reading your post and got to his comments on breast cancer I said “hell no” instead. Personally, I never liked Lulu clothing. Too fussy and trendy. Gap Body makes great workout clothes that are decently priced with just the right hint of fashion. For sports bras, I buy seamless ones (1 size bigger than I used to wear to avoid extra compression) from the Champion line at Target. 16 bucks and they hold up after lots of wear and tear…can’t go wrong!

  8. Drink2that says:

    I’m in that group of thigh-rubbing, pill-making yoga pant wearers. And I work out 5 days a week and am a size 6. Lulu’s don’t fit me particularly well and that’s OK with me…I just don’t buy them.

  9. Anna Bain, CYT 500 says:

    Just a note: if you think that buying expensive work out clothes or equipment is going to make your work out, yoga session, etc better, it’s not. The reason this man has made the money he does is because people keep buying his stuff! Don’t get caught up in these superficial, trendy groups (Like Bikram, who is currently accused of sexually assaulting students). Do your homework first. It’ll save time, money, and keep you from subjecting yourself to phonies trying to cash in on people wanting to enhance their lives with things like yoga.

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