Urban Outfitters seems to really know how to offend select groups of people with their clothes!
Over the past couple of years they've pissed off the Irish, Jews, LGBT community, Navajo Nation with various merch, and now they’ve found themselves in hot water for trying to sell a shirt with Gangster Disciples symbol printed across the chest.
In case you didn't know, the GD’s are a Chicago gang that was started in the 60’s, and they're not to be messed with.
They're the same group who threatened rapper Rick Ross via YouTube and have recently been called Chicago's biggest gang. Their symbol contains two tridents, which coincidentally look exactly like the trident on Urban's Vanguard Pitchfork Tee.
Granted, the trident is a symbol from ancient times and we're sure Urban Outfitters was attempting to give a nod to Poseidon rather than to the gang scene in Chicago, but alas.
Not wanting to get into any deep doo doo a la Alexander McQueen and the Hells Angels, the retailer removed the shirt from their website, saying in a statement:
"Urban Outfitters had no prior knowledge of this symbol's affiliation when we purchased the t-shirt from the designer. It was never meant to offend nor promote gang violence."
Good call, Urban. And maybe next time do some research.
You can view some GD graffiti and the original Urban page below to compare the designs!
[Image via Urban Outfitters.]
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