Urban Outfitters under fire for 'Holocaust' tapestry

Urban Outfitters Slammed For Product Similar To Holocaust Uniform
Urban Outfitters Slammed For Product Similar To Holocaust Uniform

Urban Outfitters is back in the news and, once again, it's not for anything good.

The retailer sells a tapestry many people feel is eerily similar to the uniforms forced upon gay Nazi concentration camp prisoners, and now the Anti-Defamation League is demanding they pull the product off their shelves.

The organization's national director who is also a Holocaust survivor said Monday, "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. 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."

While Jewish prisoners were required to wear gray striped uniforms with Star of David patches, gay male prisoners were made to wear uniforms with pink triangles to identify them as homosexuals.

However, it is important to note the LGBTQ community reclaimed the pink triangles as a symbol for gay rights in the 1970s, so if the tapestry was a conscious decision, it's possible Urban Outfitters meant only to support the community. Either way, on Monday night the tapestry was nowhere to be found on the Urban Outfitter's website.

This is not the company's first run in with bad press regarding seemingly inappropriate products. Several months ago they released a vintage Kent State University sweatshirt that appeared to be splattered with blood. The product reminded consumers of the 1970 shooting on the campus that left four students dead, but Urban Outfitters claimed the red splatters were simply fabric discoloration. Still, they still pulled it from their shelves.

Urban Outfitters has not yet commented on the latest controversy.

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