Irish Americans are not okay with Urban Outfitter's newest collection of St. Patrick's Day clothing.
Finding the clothes offensively perpetuating negative stereotypes, letters are pouring in asking the retailer to pull the line.
Even congressmen are getting involved!
In a letter written to UO, the congressmen express their disdain:
"By selling and promoting these items, Urban Outfitters is only fueling stereotypes that many Irish-Americans, as well as the people of Ireland, work so hard to dispel."
Seamus Boyle of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America also chimed in:
"There are those few who use this day as an excuse to over celebrate but that does not give you or anyone else the right to defame and debase a whole race of people by selling the garbage that you display in your stores. If this is the way you must make your money by debasing a whole race of people I can assure you that with over 40 million people in this country claiming Irish ancestry they will not be your customers after this display of arrogance and disrespect to a whole nation."
Urban is known for their blunt and self-deprecating humor, but looks like this might be a line they crossed too far.
That, or people need to learn to take a joke.
The sides are split! What do U think??
[Images courtesy of Urban Outfitters.]
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