Wednesday’s big story from the San Francisco Giants’ victory parade was relief pitcher Sergio Romo’s and the message in front of his T-shirt: “I just look illegal.”
Immigrant activists interpreted the message “I just look illegal” as a satirical look at the term they believe dehumanizes immigrants in the country without authorization.
Monica Novoa, campaign coordinator for the “Drop-the-I-Word ” campaign, which seeks to eliminate the widespread usage of “illegal” in reference to immigrants had similar thoughts.
“Romo used his platform to show how ridiculous the notion is for anyone to be considered ‘illegal,’ said Novoa. “He also is pointing to how this dehumanizing, inaccurate language goes hand in hand with racial profiling.”
The “I just look illegal” t-shirt wasn’t the first controversial shirt Romo wore to public events. At the 2010 World Series victory parade he wore a shirt that read “The Beaners,” making fun of another derogatory term aimed at Latinos
Romo seen at the 2010 Giants World Series victory parade. (Photo: CC/Art Siegel)
Now back to the “I just look illegal.” The man who created the shirt says since Romo wore his shirts have been flying off the shelves.
After selling only about 40 of the shirts since they were designed two years ago, Wicky Tees founder Jack Chan was surprised to sell more than 100 Wednesday afternoon at $12 each.
“I heard he’s a pitcher or something,” Chan said. The Los Angeles-based online retailer designs shirts that are meant to be humorous and offensive. This one was no different, Chan said.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “We just thought it was funny.”
Let us know in the comments below if you know of other shirts with political messages Romo has worn.