Urban Outfitters, no stranger to controversy, has done it again. Who can forget, when in 2003, they were selling a t-shirt that read “Everyone loves a Jewish girl”, with the text surrounded by dollar signs. In 2005, they were featuring a design that read “New Mexico, cleaner than regular Mexico.” Such missteps aren’t confined to the past, either. Just last month Urban Outfitters took criticism for a St. Patrick’s Day shirt that read “Irish I was drunk.”
You’d think that after such a history of offending people, Urban Outfitters would learn to be a bit more careful in choosing their designs. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, as evidenced by what might be their absolute worst misstep yet. They’ve recently issued a t-shirt that features a design eerily reminiscent of Nazi imagery. The t-shirt in question is yellow and features a six pointed star design over the left breast pocket. The star itself was designed by Danish firm Wood Wood. Upon hearing of the controversy, Wood Wood denied that there was any relation between their design and any historical imagery. But, due to the nature of the complaint, they have decided to stop manufacturing the star design.
One would hope that Urban Outfitters takes a lesson from this. But, if history is any guide, Urban Outfitters is almost sure to repeat this mistake.