Among the chain retail stores to be found in most large American cities, surely Urban Outfitters is among the most noxious. Sure, the folks at Urban Outfitters may not be as egregiously disconnected from any moral sense as the geniuses at Abercrombie & Fitch, who enjoy hawking thongs to 12-year-olds. Still, the hipper-than-thou pseudo-punk marketing ploys of Urban Outfitters are certainly irksome.
We mean, come on: These are the people who sell cheaply made retro shirts for $25 just because they say “Atari” on them. It’s fashion for people too stupid to go to a thrift store instead. Salvation Army styles at department store prices? Sign us up.
But never mind the overpriced sartorial eyesores that Urban Outfitters pushes on the teenage set. There’s now a better reason to detest this horrid company.
As The Jerusalem Post reports, the delightful folks at Urban Outfitters found themselves the target of enraged citizens for selling one particular item: An “anti-war woven scarf.” And what, you may be asking, is an “anti-war woven scarf”?
A kaffiyeh, naturally. You know: The Arab headdress associated with the Palestinians’ dream to wipe Israel off the face of the earth by means of terrorist violence. In fact, one of the three “anti-war woven scarf” designs looked awfully close to the kaffiyeh Yasir “She’s My Baby” Arafat wore as a symbol of anti-Israel terrorism. How charming.
Well, it turns out that some people found the selling of this particular item–at a $20 price tag, no less–a mite troublesome. Although not all kaffiyehs call to mind Arab support for anti-Israel and anti-American violence, Urban Outfitters specifically marketed designs associated with the Palestinian intifadas. And then they have the chutzpah to label them “anti-war woven scarfs”?
Thanks to the public outcry (some of it resulting from an LGF “post”), Dick Heyne, CEO of Urban Outfitters, decided to pull the plug on their kaffiyehs and removed the photograph of a slacker in an “anti-war woven scarf” from their catalog.
In its place, the Urban Outfitters “website” informed customers that it would no longer sell their “scarves.” And, it tells us: “We apologize if we offended anyone, this was by no means our intention.”
Uh, you didn’t mean to offend anyone by selling the very symbol of genocidal Palestinian terrorism? Are we to believe Urban Outfitters is really that stupid?
(Note: The crack young staff normally “weblog” over at “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” where they’re currently trying to get their hands on some Urban Outfitters swastika hats, which are cleverly labeled “anti-war caps.”)