Urban Outfitters is at it again. The brand that is supposed to be for cool, artistic, hip young things is once again putting products on shelves that seem tailor-made to offend everybody around them. Urban Outfitters puts “jerk wares” on the shelves all the time, but the latest installment of Urban Outfitter Assholery is particularly egregious, because they are selling a tapestry that looks just like a concentration camp uniform.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, Urban Outfitters has been selling a gray and white striped tapestry, pictured above, that is marked with a big pink triangle. Gay men in concentration camps during the Holocaust were forced to wear gray and white striped uniforms that were also emblazoned with big, pink triangles.
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“Whether intentional or not, this gray and white stripped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, in a statement. “We urge Urban Outfitters to immediately remove the product eerily reminiscent of clothing forced upon the victims of the Holocaust from their stores and online.”
Foxman might be giving Urban Outfitters the benefit of the doubt by assuming that Urban Outfitters’ blanket might have been designed by accident to look “eerily similar” to concentration camp uniforms, but with Urban Outfitters’ track record that generosity stretches the bounds of credulity. Do we really think Urban Outfitters just happened to think this pattern would look good on a dorm room wall? Or is it more likely that Urban Outfitters is trolling us for attention?
Barring a third option in which an Urban Outfitters buyer hates her job and decides to trick the chain into selling Holocaust memorabilia before quitting in a blaze of glory, at this point I’m going to have to assume Urban Outfitters is doing this sort of thing on purpose.