If Ohio State University gets its way, the emergency room at the school's new $1.1 billion medical center will soon be named "Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department." On Friday Ohio State's Board of Trustees is set to vote on naming it's emergency room department after the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing company, a nod to all the fat stacks the Columbus-based retailer has donated to the university over the years. Via the Columbus Dispatch:
The Ohio State Board of Trustees is to vote Friday on a proposal to create the Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department, which will be twice the size of the department now housed at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center when it opens in 2014.
The name is a nod to the more than $10 million the New Albany-based company has given the medical center in recent years, said Bob Mackle, a medical center spokesman, and for helping to create the Abercrombie & Fitch Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease faculty position."
“As a nonprofit health system, we value and recognize the benefits of philanthropic support to our endeavors to improve health care in our community,” Mackle wrote in a statement.
The new emergency department is part of a $1.1 billion expansion of the medical center, including a new cancer hospital and research institute.
Think about that for a second: The "Abercrombie & Fitch Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease" already exists, which is amusing because it perfectly describes the stomach-churning nausea I experience everytime I walk past an Abercrombie & Fitch store and get my olfactory-system bombed by the most disgusting cheap cologne in human history. Soon there will be an Abercrombie & Fitch ER that I can go to to get my stomach pumped. It's the douchebag circle of life.
People are understandably upset about this, since Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries has made some pretty controversial statements about not likeing fat women. Couldn't Ohio State get it's marching band to just spell out "Douche" on the field during half-time at the Ohio Stadium or something? Wouldn't that be enough of a tribute to keep the cash flowing from Abercrombie's corporate wallet?
If this happens, the world has carte blanche to make fun of Ohio State's douchiness for a long time.