It’d be reasonable to think Urban Outfitters is doing this on purpose. There’s seemingly no other explanation for why the brand offends a group at least every few months. The apparel retailer in the news this time for selling a tapestry that resembles the uniforms that were forced upon gay men during the Holocaust.
The Anti-Defamation League is livid, and it is calling on Urban Outfitters to ditch the product. From Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National director and Holocaust survivor:
Whether intentional or not, this gray and white stripped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture. We urge Urban Outfitters to immediately remove the product eerily reminiscent of clothing forced upon the victims of the Holocaust from their stores and online.
The brand has reportedly taken the product off of its website, but has not apologized. Bloomberg reports that the item was “still for sale late in the day on Tuesday in New York.”
In 2012 the brand tried to sell a “Jewish Star” t-shirt. The store also sold a blood stained “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt. If these designs seem a bit, well, co-opted, that would be right in line with its history. In 2011, an Etsy artist accused the brand quite rightly of stealing her jewelry designs. Last year, it tried to sell a crop top to consumers with the word “depression” emblazoned on it. And last August, an Urban Outfitters exec said that companies shouldn’t be forced to disclose data breaches to affected consumers.
Though Urban Outfitters has publicly apologized for previous items that have offended, it has yet to offer a comment on this one. (Image via)