There’s nothing cuter than wearing a football jersey with your drug of choice on the back, right? Well, Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall certainly don’t think so. The three Rx companies have filed a lawsuit against the L.A. clothing boutique Kitson over a couple of drug football jerseys that went viral earlier this week.
The Daily Mail reports that the jerseys were designed by celebrity favorite Brian Lichtenberg who is known for his playful and sometimes controversial clothing lines. His most recent item, however, sparked a backlash on the internet as people complained that the drug jerseys trivialized substance abuse.
Adderall, Xanax, and Vicodin all seem to agree.
TMZ reports that the three Rx companies are urging Kitson to take the drug football jerseys off the shelves. Vicodin said that it will be filing a trademark infringement lawsuit if Kitson refuses to remove the jerseys.
A spokesperson for Vicodin said: “Prescription drug use should not be trivialized. It is a serious issue and we will be taking legal action to stop the clothing company from trying to sell such a product.”
Adderall added: “We had no involvement NOR do we approve of the sale of such a product using Adderall to glorify the misuse of our product.”
Xanax also said that it was considering legal action against Kitson.
Lichtenberg released a statement when he caught wind of the controversy saying that the jerseys were a “parody of pop culture.”
Lichtenberg writes: “This particular collection of prescription tee’s is simply a commentary on what i see happening in our society. Call it what you may, but art in all forms is created off of pop culture and the social situations surrounding it. A large percentage of Americans are prescribed these drugs by doctors everyday for legitimate reasons. These are not illegal substances. These tee’s are not meant to encourage prescription abuse.”