Patagonia says its new 'vote the a--holes out' clothing tag is a call to action on climate change

Patagonia says its new 'vote the a--holes out' clothing tag is a call to action on climate change
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard poses in his shop November 21, 1993 in California.Jean-Marc Giboux/Contributor/Getty Images
  • A photo of a Patagonia tag that says "vote the a--holes out" has been widely shared on Twitter.
  • Patagonia confirmed to Business Insider that the tags are real, and said they can be found on the brand's 2020 Road To Regenerative Organic Stand-Up Shorts.
  • Patagonia's founder, Yvon Chouinard, has used the phrase over the last several years to refer to politicians who deny climate change because they take oil money, the company said.

Patagonia has added a blunt message to the tag on its newest line of shorts: "Vote the a--holes out."

The tags are a call to vote against politicians who deny climate change, according to Patagonia spokesperson Tessa Byars.

"They were added to our 2020 Men's and Women's Road to Regenerative Organic Stand-Up Shorts because we have been standing up to climate deniers for almost as long as we've been making those shorts," Byars said.

Business Insider inquired about the message after a photo of the tag was shared widely on Twitter.

The message is something the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, has been saying for several years, according to Byars.


"It refers to politicians from any party who deny or disregard the climate crisis and ignore science, not because they aren't aware of it, but because their pockets are lined with money from oil and gas interests," Byars said.

Patagonia is known for practicing what it preaches when it comes to environmental impact and labor rights. In April as retailers were getting hammered by pandemic-induced shutdowns, Chouinard sent a message through his nonprofit, 1% For The Planet, urging business owners to continue giving a percentage of their profits to environmental causes. Chouinard founded 1% For The Planet in 2002 to encourage business owners to donate 1% of their sales to environmental causes.

As an addendum to the letter, Chouinard wrote, "P.S. Remember, vote the assholes out — all of those politicians who don't believe we should do anything about climate change. Vote for the planet and against those who would do nothing. We have the power and now is the time to use it."

Patagonia also made headlines in March for being quick to shut down its retail stores as well as its online website during the pandemic, while still paying store and warehouse workers during that period.

Patagonia's CEO, Rose Marcario, has been politically outspoken, as well. In 2017, she vowed to fight against Trump's order to shrink national landmarks, which put 25 protected lands in danger of losing their status.