Urban Outfitters President Is Right-Wing Conservative, Donated To Rick Santorum

Remember last week, when we all agreed that Urban Outfitters is an asshole? Well, good news — we were right!

According to an in-depth report by the Philadelphia Weekly, Richard Hayne, the man who started and still owns the international clothing chain, is a hardcore conservative who has donated in the past to Rick Santorum. In other words, the heart and brain of Urban Outfitters literally is an asshole.

This might explain why transphobic and xenophobic “jokes” have been making their way onto Urban products slowly but surely. In a time where people are becoming more aware of the real-life damage that bullying and hatred can do, it stands to reason that a middle-aged, uber-conservative white man might fall a bit out of touch.

But the most ironic of ironies is that a bunch of young, likely progressive hipsters are putting their hard-earned barista-ing money directly into the pockets of said middle-aged man who, if those hipsters are female, is actively trying to take their rights away. So look, I said it once and I’ll say it again — can we all just stop shopping there?

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    • CH

      This is not new news. Hayne has supported pro-life organizations and conservative politicians for years.

    • Briar_Rose

      Nope. That includes Anthropologie and Free People. I’m sure my consumerism benefits a wide variety of loathsome characters, but avoiding those brands is a bandwagon I’m willing to jump on.

    • cocodrille

      Hayne is supporting the hip generation/culture with jobs. His hard work and success stemming from his life EARNS him a right in the United States to have whatever political viewpoint he cares to support.

      • http://twitter.com/ExitMusicCory Cory

        And we all have a right not to shop at his stores based on his political views.

    • Ideaph

      “EARNS”??? Dude was born on third base and you think he hit a triple.