Another week, another scandal for Urban Outfitters.
The Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia fired off a scathing letter to the hipster retail chain on Holocaust Remembrance Day condemning the sale of their $100 Wood Wood Kellog Tee.
The ADL posted on their website:
Barry Morrison, ADL Regional Director, wrote to Richard Hayne, Chairman, President and CEO of Urban Outfitters, about a t-shirt offered by the company which is associated with the yellow Star of David symbol Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Europe. Morrison said, "We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers."
The League has communicated with Urban Outfitters on numerous occasions over the years regarding a variety of projects that have, "tread on the feelings and reinforced stereotypes of various groups—Christians, blacks, and Irish, Mexican, and Jewish-Americans…the list goes on." The League also demanded an immediate apology from the company asking that the product no longer be sold and urging it to meet with League representatives."
As of today the t-shirt is still available on Urban's website, which means they didn't get the letter or they don't care.
[Images courtesy of Urban Outfitters.]
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