Retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is defending itself after being accused of selling a pair of pants described as “n—– brown.”

On March 22, the Internet erupted in a firestorm of controversy after a picture of cargo pants with the racist description began circulating around social networks. According to A&F executives, the entire thing was a misunderstanding perpetuated by a knock-off Abercrombie & Fitch website.

TMZ reports that the pants were sold at, an imposter site that sells preppy clothing.

Execs for the company have since released a statement on the debacle saying, “We do not condone racist language. This is a counterfeit website and we have initiated legal proceedings to shut it down.”

The n—– brown mixup is said to be the result of a bad Chinese to English translation.

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