American Apparel is never far from a headline with its adverts and controversial founder Dov Charney, but for the second time in six months watchdogs have banned one of its ads as it "could be seen to sexualise a child.". Jul 31, · Clothing brand American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. Over the years, its risqué ads—from in-your-face billboards to shocking online campaigns—have incited everything from mild discomfort to serious complaints. Clothing manufacturer American Apparel, known for its provocative advertising, has come under fire recently for requiring store employees to provide full-length photographs of themselves to the company's "unconventional" CEO, Dov Charney. While Charney denies accusations that the company uses the.