Customers Going Ape Over Banned Band T-Shirts Depicting Evolution


A Daily RFT post last week about a Sedalia, Missouri, high school that prohibited its band members from wearing T-shirts of apes and Neanderthals carrying musical instruments, generated dozens of comments from readers.

Now comes word that the T-shirt that offended some of the students' creationist-believing parents is one of the best things to ever happen to Main Street Logo, the Sedalia business that made the shirts. 

Last week one of the owners of the shop told the RFT's sister paper in Kansas City that the T-shirts have sold like hot cakes thanks to the online popularity of the ban. 

We're just getting too many requests," says Jack Lewis, who co-owns Main Street with Mike Ingram. "We're getting them from foreign countries, about all the states."

Lewis adds that his company owns the rights to the artwork, and can use it as it sees -- though he's trying not to offend school officials. 

Those interested in obtaining a T-shirt can e-mail Main Street at or visit the company via its Facebook page. 

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