Urban Outfitters in Trouble for Selling Tapestry Resembling Holocaust Suit Worn By Gay Prisoners
Are you serious, Urban Outfitters? After being called out numerous times for selling merchandise that has offended everyone from the depressed to those victims of school shootings, the clothing retailer has struck again. This time it’s under fire for selling a tapestry that resembles the jumpsuit worn by gay Holocaust prisoners. I’m talking the stripes and the upside-down pink triangle—the whole shebang.
The Business Insider was all over the news:
ADL [the Anti-Defamation League, an anti-Semitism organization] has sent Urban Outfitters a letter, expressing its concern over the “insensitive design and the company’s periodic use of products within the realm of Holocaust imagery.”ADL national director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman says in a press release on the organization’s website: “Whether intentional or not, this gray and white striped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture. 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”
At press time, the tapestry appears to have been removed from the Urban Outfitters website, though there is a “Triangle-Stripe Curtain” listed as being sold out. The tweet below shows the tapestry and original Holocaust suit side by side.