Urban Outfitters' 'Jewish Star' Tee Creates Controversy

Urban OutfittersUrban Outfitters is at the center of yet another controversy, this time over a t-shirt that some say mimics the Jewish Star worn by holocaust victims.

The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement about the tee, calling on Urban Outfitters to remove it from its site. So far, Urban Outfitters is still offering the t-shirt for sale.

What do you think Urban Outfitters should do?


The Anti-Defamation League issued the following statement:

Today the Anti-Defamation League issued a strongly-worded letter of condemnation to Urban Outfitters charging that one of its products "... represents a new low."

Barry Morrison, ADL Regional Director, wrote to Richard Hayne, Chairman, President and CEO of Urban Outfitters, about a t-shirt offered by the company which is associated with the yellow Star of David symbol Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Europe. Morrison said, "We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers."

The League has communicated with Urban Outfitters on numerous occasions over the years regarding a variety of projects that have, "tread on the feelings and reinforced stereotypes of various groups—Christians, blacks, and Irish, Mexican, and Jewish-Americans ... the list goes on." The League also demanded an immediate apology from the company asking that the product no longer be sold and urging it to meet with League representatives. 

Urban Outfitters has not taken the offending t-shirt off the site. Bizarrely, it appears the retailer has airbrushed the star out of the photo ...

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However, you can still see the star if you click on the product's sidebar photos.

What good does that do? If someone were to order the tee (and I highly doubt it's selling like hotcakes, anyway -- it costs $100!), would it come with the star on it or not?

If I were running a business and my product offended a sizeable group of people, you'd better believe I'd remove it in a heartbeat -- and apologize! I don't really understand why Urban Outfitters would continue to sell the t-shirt.

What do you think about all this? Should Urban Outfitters remove the shirt from its site or stand its ground?


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