Last night, Frank Ocean performed at Panorama Music Festival at Randall's Island Park in New York City. During his headlining set, Ocean wore a t-shirt that quite literally spoke volumes to the crowd in all caps: "WHY BE RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC OR TRANSPHOBIC WHEN U COULD JUST BE QUIET?"
The profound t-shirt is a product of Green Box Shop, an independent clothing brand established in 2016. The small business is owned by Kayla Robinson, an 18-year-old who identifies as Afro-Latina and bisexual. According to the brand's website, the purpose of the "WHY BE RACIST WHEN U COULD JUST BE QUIET?" shirt is to address "how hate speech will not be tolerated by the 'tolerant left.'" All of Green Box Shop's items tackle issues of social justice.
"It's very exciting to see a queer icon like Frank Ocean giving a voice to marginalized groups and using his platform to raise awareness about social justice issues using one of our shirts," Robinson told us in an email. "My business is essentially my life message. I want other companies to know that they can use sustainable/ environmentally friendly business practices (fair trade and/or organic fabrics) and still thrive as a business. The fact that Frank Ocean is contributing to this reality is surreal for me and I am eternally grateful."
Cop the soon-to-be in-demand t-shirt in a variety of colors for $18.99 right here. Representatives for Frank Ocean were not immediately available for comment.
Thumbnail image via @greenboxshop_/Instagram.