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April 22, 2012

ADL complains about Urban Outfitters sale of ‘Holocaust’ shirt

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Screengrab of Wood Wood Kellogg tee from UrbanOutfitters.com

I’ve never shopped at Urban Outfitters, so it’s not like I can boycott the store over it’s absolutely absurd Wood Wood Kellogg tee. But I definitely don’t plan to start paying way too much for cheap clothes after reading that Urban Outfitters is selling a yellow shirt with a six-pointed star on the left breast that strongly resembles the yellow star worn by Jews under Nazi occupation.

Not surprisingly, the Anti-Defamation League has objected to the shirt’s sale. The Philly Inquirer reports:

“We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers,” Barry Morrison, regional director of the ADL, wrote in a letter e-mailed to Richard A. Hayne, chairman and chief executive of the retail corporation headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

This is not the first time the ADL and Urban Outfitters have tussled. In 2003, the ADL complained about a shirt with the text “Everyone loves a Jewish girl” and that was surrounded by images of shopping bags and dollar signs. The clothier later removed the surrounding images.

Urban Outfitters has not commented on the star shirt and, as of now, the shirt is still available on UrbanOutfitters.com. I’m not sure what is more outrageous: the t-shirt design or the fact it costs $100.

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