Roberta's American Apparel "Legalize Gay" tank top came under scrutiny, she explained to Cosmopolitan, within minutes of walking into school when "a security guard told me to take it off."
She was told the message was "offensive" and explained to security: "I was like, 'Um, I don't have anything to cover it up, and even if I did, I wouldn't.' And I walked away."
Apparently my "legalize gay" shirt is inappropriate for school....- roberta (@bertaraerule) May 7, 2015
She explained later that security was "in the wrong", but managed to grab Miley Cyrus' attention in the process.
My principal spoke to me addressing the issue, she said "the person who made the remark is in the wrong, but our school is very accepting"- roberta (@bertaraerule) May 7, 2015
The last thing I want is to negatively represent my school. The individual who told me was in the wrong, not the entire school.- roberta (@bertaraerule) May 7, 2015
None of our ADMINISTRATION told Roberta that her shirt was inappropriate. It was a comment made by one person- Everett High School (@EvPride) May 7, 2015
Despite the school clarifying that it was one person who mistakenly told Roberta the shirt was inappropriate, Miley tweeted that she should "go get that shirt in every color" and "make it your new uniform."
Celebrity attention aside, Roberta felt some big love for her shirt's simple message:
I'm so happy, people at my school are telling me that i inspired them, and a few even said their parents are gay & that I helped them!😄🌈❤️👍🏼- roberta (@bertaraerule) May 8, 2015