American retail brand, Urban Outfitters is not exactly known for its wholesome, non-offensive designs. In fact, Urban Outfitters have been neck-deep in trouble for the controversial shirt designs they’ve been coming out with over the years. Urban Outfitters is by no means a stranger when it comes to brow-rising designs but these four shirts are bordering on bad taste.
A Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt
Urban Outfitters commemorated the 1970 Kent State massacre in the most disturbing way by releasing a blood-splattered “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt.” The $129 sweatshirt was supposedly the only one of its kind and was part of the urban Outfitter’s “Vintage Finds.” The shirt, once featured by BuzzFeed, was purchased by some sick fuck and then listed for sale on eBay for more than double its price and a $2,500 Buy Now Price.
After being embroiled in trouble because of its latest antics, Urban Outfitters, for the nth time, posted an apology, stating that, “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970, and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such.”
We’re calling BS on this apology.
The Kent State Massacre resulted in the death of four unarmed students, shot and killed by an Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam War protest.
The Pro-Booze Tween Shirts
Nothing like encouraging your 18 year old daughter for a booze fest with her girlfriends eh? Start them early, why not? This must’ve been the thought that ran through the minds of Urban Outfitters designers when they came up with these pro-alcohol shirts for teens.
If you don’t know it yet, Urban Outfitters’ biggest customer base is composed of 18 to 24 year olds, followed closely by the under 18 group. It’s extremely irresponsible for the Urban Outfitters brand to encourage kids to drink, much more solidify their stance on it by releasing a series of shirts that advocate teen drinking. The Pro-Alcohol shirts were released just in time for back-to-school shopping. The shirts came under fire especially for the thinly veiled message of abusing alcohol, leading to a world of bad decisions.
Eat Less Shirt
Nothing like wearing a shirt that hints how your self worth is tied to your weight, eh? The Eat Less shirt brings back the horrors of the 90s “heroin chic” look that Kate Moss popularized on the runways. Worse, Urban Outfitter went all out authentic with its “Eat Less” shirt by enlisting rail-thin models in hiked-up miniskirts to model the shirts on their website.
Unsurprisingly, the shirts were pulled out from the Urban Outfitters website but not in stores. Class act.
The Holocaust Jewish Star Shirt
The horrors of the Holocaust will forever be the darkest moments in human history. It’s a period in time where the world saw evil in its purest form. 6 Million Jews died. Men, women and children were buried alive in concentration camps. It’s the human spirit at its lowest.
What better way to bring back the nightmares of the Holocaust than a Star of David shirt by Urban Outfitters? Rounding up our list of Urban Outfitters most tasteless shirt designs is the Holocaust invoking shirt embellished with what looks like a Star of David patch. The Star of David badge was a symbol of Nazi Germany’s power, people were forced to wear the badge leading up to and during the Holocaust. It’s no surprise that Jews condemed the shirt.