Mlabbas Controversial Designs

Thursday, April 11, 2019 2:08:49 PM Asia/Amman

Over the years Mlabbas has showcased some T-shirt designs that stirred outrage. 
 
Some were banned by the government, others were never published, and some weren't naughty enough and are still available, to people's displeasure
 
1. Shu Hashish (c. 2013)
 
 
Artist: Mike V. Derderian aka Sardine 
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 6/10
Current Status: Pulled from Catalog due to Anti Drug Agency request/threat.
 
The universally recognizable Marijuana leaf sells millions of merchandise worldwide, and has cemented its position in pop culture.  But in Jordan, freedom of expression is not a guarantee when a government agent has a wild imagination, and Mlabbas was forced to cease printing any Marijuana related graphics. 
    
 
 
2. Tamer Hosni (c. 2016) 
 
 
Artist: Imad Shawa / T-shirt Hell inspired
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 9/10
Current Status: Was never sold or produced. only a sample was on display at the Slogan Soup controversial t-shirt exhibit
 
Although never an actual product at Mlabbas, this shirt appeared in an exhibition called "Slogan Soup" that took place at Mlabbas which featured black T-shirt with white text.  The mention of Saddam Hussein on the shirt caused so much outrage, that people forgot it was Tamer Hosni was the icon being mocked! 
 
 
3. Hot Ninja Coffee (c. 2015) 
 
 
 
Artist: Imad Shawa / T-shirt Hell inspired
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 7/10
Current Status: Pulled from circulation in 2019 upon Request of Starbucks Coffee Co. 
This t-shirt was as popular as it was offensive.  Complaints were lodged regularly by patrons who did not appreciate the veiled look of the central character.  Some saw it offensive towards niqab. But the shirt survived for several years.  Ironically it was Starbucks' legal representatives in the Middle East that filed a formal legal complaint.  Mlabbas complied and the design is no longer available. 
 
 
 
4. Jesus is Palestinian (c. 2005)
 
 
Artist: Imad Shawa 
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 5/10
Current Status: Still Available on Demand
 
This slogan-shirt was popular with many pro-Palestine activists, from all walks of life. It served as a controversial conversation starter.  Its not an accurate statement, yet brings up topics that world often neglects with regards to the modern day occupation.  But mot of all it's a potent irritant to the "haters". 
 
Dali Drugs (c. 2013)
 
 
Artist: Mike V. Derderian aka Sardine 
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 4/10
Current Status: Pulled from Catalog due to Anti Drug Agency request/threat
Although protected under Jordan's free speech rules, Mlabbas decided it wasn't worth fighting the Anti Drug Agency on this one.
 
 
 
 
6. Swaqa Prison Football Team (c. 2005)
 
 
Artist: Imad Shawa 
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 2/10
Current Status: Still Available on Demand
 
Back in 2011 at the Mlabbas booth in CityMall, undercover security agents caused quite a stir and interrogated kiosk staff regarding the rights to use a "government establishment" (Swaqa Prison) as a joke on a t-shirt.  To which we replied: file a formal request and we will comply.  Still waiting :)  although truth be told this shirt has not been printed in many years. 
 
 
 
7. Shakhakh  (c. 2010)
 
 
Artist: Imad Shawa 
Naughty rating (by Jordanian Standards): 2/10
Current Status: Still Available on Demand
This cute design was only objected to by old grandmas at the mall.  
 
 

 
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