Christina Aguilera has come under fire on social media after a photo revealed that some of her plus-size merch was sold at an additional charge during one of her concerts.
A Twitter user shared a photo of a merchandise stand outside one of the singer’s shows in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week.
The photo features several T-shirts, hoodies, and hats ready to be sold to fans — an image that probably wouldn’t have raised any eyebrows if not for two signs reading: ‘Add $5 for all XXL and XXXL.’
Criticism: Christina Aguilera has come under fire on social media after a photo revealed that some of her plus-size merch was sold at an additional charge during one of her concerts
Price: A Twitter user shared a photo of a merchandise stand outside one of the singer’s shows in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week, featuring signs that read: ‘Add $5 for all XXL and XXXL’
Comment: Social media users reacted to the upcharge, with one person deeming it ‘brutal’
Feedback: One Twitter user referenced a controversy that saw Harry Styles, 24, earning criticism after it emerged that large sizes were sold at an extra $5 outside one of his shows
Social media users were shocked by the decision to charge more for larger sizes, which they deemed ‘gross’, ‘brutal’, and ‘kind of petty’.
‘Is Christina really charging extra for XXL and XXXL sized merchandise? Brutal,’ one person wrote.
‘That’s kind of petty for a person who has been all kinds of sizes,’ another person wrote in response to a Perez Hilton tweet about the backlash.
‘Christina… honey. Merch ain’t cute. It’s all one color and then you charge $5 for upsizes? Girl get some help. This is gross,’ someone else tweeted.
That Twitter user also referenced a previous controversy that saw Harry Styles, 24, facing criticism after it emerged that sizes L, XL, and XXL were also being sold at an additional $5 outside one of his shows.
The company handling his merchandise, Live Nation, later told Perez Hilton at the time that the additional fee was due to a ‘mistake’.
Show: Christina, pictured performing last month in New York City, started her Liberation Tour – her first since 2006 – last week in Florida
Merch: T-shirts and hoodies are currently for sale on Christina’s website at the same price across all sizes
Changes: The news came as a shock to many of Christina’s fans, particularly as the singer, pictured left in 2000 and right in 2012, has been so open about her changing figure
That same company was in charge of Christina’s merch during the Florida concert, and offered a similar explanation in a statement to NBC News.
‘There was an error in merchandise size pricing at one of the Christina Aguilera shows,’ the company told the network. ‘Christina and her team were not aware of this and the costs have been adjusted appropriately.’
T-shirts and hoodies are currently for sale on Christina’s website at the same price across all sizes.
After the controversy regarding the additional charge on the singer’s merch emerged, some people defended her, arguing that she wasn’t the first performer to offer larger sizes at a higher price on her tour.
‘Every. Single. Time. I go to a concert they either don’t even have anything past a size XL or XXL-XXXL (sizes rarely past that.) Always cost $2-$5 more… so it’s not JUST Christina,’ one person wrote.
‘That literally happens at EVERY concert I’ve EVER been to,’ someone else tweeted.
A fan account also took the singer’s side by pointing out she likely doesn’t handle her own merch sales.
‘I can assure you she doesn’t set nor know the prices of her tour merch. Chill gurl!’ the person behind the account wrote. ‘She’s an advocate of self-love and would never discriminate against anyone.’
Christina began her Liberation Tour last week in Florida. The tour, her first since 2006, is scheduled to wrap up on November 13.