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What the F*ck Are You Even Doing, Urban Outfitters?

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | February 10, 2015 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | February 10, 2015 |


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Urban Outfitters has a long history of being generally, causally, persistently the worst. But once in a while they bump up their normal degree of terribleness to something closer to pure horror. Take, for example, the inspiration for the company’s next apology in a long, LONG line of apologies.
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Yup, that’s a tapestry from their “Assembly Home” line, because nothing says “home” like a wall decoration made out of concentration camp uniforms. The Anti-Defamation League is giving them a generous benefit of the doubt by implying there’s any possible chance every single person involved didn’t immediately recognize what that pattern evoked:

Whether intentional or not, this gray and white striped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture,” Foxman said in a statement. “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.
This is completely horrifying, but not exactly unique to the company. This isn’t even the first time the company has tried to make “Holocaust Chic” a thing. In 2012, they released this shirt with a logo resembling the Star of David, which they later said was “never intended for sale.” starofdavidshirt.jpg

And remember just a few months ago, when they started selling a “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt.” The “vintage” part was the fake blood splattered across sweatshirt, as an allusion to the Kent State massacre of the 70s, in which the Ohio National Guard killed four unarmed students protesting the Vietnam War.
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That sweatshirt, but the way, cost $129. Because bad taste isn’t cheap. And Urban Outfitters lives for bad taste. Like when they put this destructive life advice on a t-shirt:
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And that time they LOL’d all over alcohol and substance abuse.
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How about when they decided “Obama Black” was a great descriptor for their gray shirts?
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And let’s not forget their super racist take on Monopoly.
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Or that time a 15 year old model sued the company for putting an incredibly salacious picture of her on a t-shirt. (Cropped here because ew.)
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They got a LOT of crap for appropriating “kitschy” cultures.
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And then there was that time they just straight-up stole an artist’s design.
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Er, times.
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Okay, that was a lot of times.

What in the actual fuck are you even doing, Urban Outfitters? Just stop. You’re disgusting.


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