Once again, Urban Outfitters has managed to outrage consumers across the nation by releasing a tapestry that is oddly similar to the uniforms worn by prisoners of Nazi concentration camps. The tapestry in speaking was designed with grey and white striped material that was emblazoned with a pink, upside-down triangle that closely resembled concentration camp uniforms from the second world war.
“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,” – Abraham H. Foxman (ADL National Director)
Triangle symbolism has been fairly prolific in modern culture design and as much as designers may attempt to argue that the tapestry isn’t a play on the concentration camp uniforms, it’s difficult to refute the similarities. Normally we don’t play into butt hurt consumers, but when a product like this passes through the approval stages of a large and well known company, we question the ethics behind their design team. Or even more, we question the trivial knowledge of the entire company.
How is that the design seemingly passed through so many hands without a single person noticing that it was similar to the uniforms worn by prisoners of the nazis? We’re just as confused as the rest of you.
“Urban Outfitters has a long history of putting out products that are problematic. They have offended Jews, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Irish-Americans and Catholics,” – Barry Morrison (ADL Regional Director)
Even odder is the fact that this isn’t the first time which Urban Outfitters has released a product that offends consumers. Remember the blood stained shirt that they tried to sell only 5 months back? We’re guessing that the designers didn’t learn their lesson or they really needed a kick at something different. We’re all for different and setting yourself apart from the pack, but Urban Outfitters is taking it a little bit far.
On a good note, when news of the offensive tapestry broke loose, the product was taken down from their site with a “Sold Out” note attached to its page. Why not just take down the entire product from the store’s listing completely?
What’s your take on Urban Outfitters’ tapestry?
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