Chinese retailer faces backlash after calling large clothing sizes ‘rotten’

Chinese retailer faces backlash after calling large clothing sizes ‘rotten’

Customers ‘shocked’ by descriptions of larger items in RT-Mart, prompting apology for ‘inappropriate’ sign

A major Chinese retailer has been forced to apologise after one of its stores classified small clothing sizes as “beautiful” and large sizes as “rotten”.

The signs inside the RT-Mart superstore depicted a size chart with small to medium sizes described as “slim” and “beautiful”, with larger sizes as “rotten” and “horrible”.

It was spotted by a customer who photographed and shared them to social media, adding the comment: “I was shocked when I saw this size chart at a RT-Mart today. Am I completely rotten?” The post quickly went viral, drawing accusations of fat shaming women and discrimination.

“It’s not only disrespecting women but also extremely vulgar,” said one.

Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holdings, China’s e-commerce giant is a major shareholder in RT-Mart’s parent company.

One commenter joked that Ma, who was recently questioned by the Chinese regulators ahead of a planned – but since delayed – float of his company, Ant Group, would now face interrogation by the state-run Women’s Federation.