American Apology Shirt

I made the American Apology Shirt for myself in the summer of 2003 when I moved out of the United States to live in Denmark and felt that I had to show people in other countries that George W. Bush and his policies did not represent all or even most Americans. Other people found the shirt and I sold thousands of them, which produced roughly $10,000 in profit, half of which I gave to MSF, Doctors Without Borders. Since 2016 I give 100% of profit to MSF, although that's only about US$100.

The front of the shirt says "American Traveler International Apology Shirt" and the back says "I'm sorry my president is an idiot. I didn't vote for him." Each side is repeated in five other languages. There are separate versions for male and female wearers, reflecting differences in grammar in some of the languages. After the 2016 US election, I thought the message was inadequate to the White supremacy and rage that Trump's Republican Party represents. But Trump still hasn't killed as many as George W. Bush did, and an apology is grossly inadequate for those killings too. But if you feel the message helps anyone, you can still buy a shirt.

Boy's Apology

Girl's Apology

Women's Apology Shirt

Men's Apology Shirt

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