— Davan Maharaj (@DavanMaharaj) February 24, 2017
Earlier today, Donald Trump‘s White House banned a number of outlets from a gaggle, including CNN, Politico, and the Los Angeles Times.
The LA Times‘ Editor-in-Chief, Davan Maharaj, tweeted the above photo, which shows a t-shirt translating the phrase “We will not shut up” into multiple languages.
No word yet on whether these will be available to the public to buy or if they’re exclusive to LA Times employees, but we’ve reached out to the paper for clarification and will update if and when we hear back. If they are selling the shirts, they’ll be joining Buzzfeed, who slogan-ized a Trumpian insult and had shirts bearing the phrase for sale within hours of the original jab last month.
UPDATE — 6:27 p.m. EST:
Mediaite has learned that the LA Times had the shirts made for a subscription event taking place on Monday and Tuesday, but after the above tweet drew attention to the design, demand for the shirts was so high that the paper quickly put them in their online store.
So, the shirts weren’t a direct response to being banned from the gaggle so much as they were just a timely affirmation of the paper’s mission. What was a direct response was a statement from Maharaj:
It is unfortunate that the Los Angeles Times has been excluded from a White House press briefing today. The public has a right to know, and that means being informed by a variety of news sources, not just those filtered by the White House press office in hopes of getting friendly coverage. Regardless of access, The Times will continue to report on the Trump administration without fear or favor.
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