• Thu, Mar 1 2012

Are You Irish? Does This Hat Make You Angry?

If Urban Outfitters didn’t have such an irritating business model (find a trend and projectile vomit it all over young urbanites!), I might feel sorry for them, because they are really struggling with the concept of not offending people with the clothing they sell.

First, they got sued over t-shirts that had a picture of a spread-eagle teenager. Then they found themselves being reamed (and rightly so) for this “Navajo” line.

And now, they’ve gone and offended another entire group of people — the Irish. The chain store has been capitalizing on the utterly hilarious stereotype that all Irish people are drunks for years now, and this time around, the Irish are fighting back. In response to hats that read “Irish Yoga: Downward Facing Upchuck” and t-shirts that say “Irish I Were Drunk,” Congressman Joe Crowley of New York issued a public statement requesting that Urban Outfitters take the items in question off their shelves.

He told the Irish Voice that, “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.”

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  • NotThumper

    People seriously need to lighten up.
    Yes I am Irish and no, that hat doesn’t make me angry. That hat made me laugh.

  • E

    I’m Irish. That hat doesn’t make me angry because I have a sense of humour.

    Methinks it’s more like ‘Irish-Americans’ who are offended by something this silly.

  • Holden

    Also Irish here. Offensive? Maybe. Amusing? Sure, if you’re fourteen. A completely demeaning ethnic stereotype? Absolutely. Would it be offensive if we substituted Irish with Mexican, or Black, and it featured a similiarly degrading graphic? Absolutely.

    Way to show some pride, guys.

  • LemonClover

    Irish, thought it was funny!

  • David Daly

    Politically incorrect but you can see the funny side of this. http://www.spiralyne.co.uk

  • Katscouch

    I’m Irish and bought my Irish dad the ‘Irish Yoga’ t-shirt a while back. We can take a joke. :)

  • tessa

    I think it’s too insipid an idea to even be taken seriously; most of the people I know are Irish, as am I, and most would either be amused or fail to even look twice at something so ridiculous. For the drinking insinuation as well as the implication that either yoga or fitted hats are popular among Irish people. Fact: they are not.

  • Sam Oliver

    Makes me proud to be irish! outsource a freelancer