An Open Letter To Urban Outfitters
Dear Urban Outfitters,
We used to have a normal relationship. You gave me delicate, pretty clothes and accessories and in return I gave you stupid amounts of money. Sure, you’re often overpriced, but its not the easiest thing to find great-fitting clothes nowadays.
Over the past year though, I’ve had to avoid you, in case you haven’t noticed. I didn’t buy any books or artwork from you during the holiday season, and with summer trudging up I haven’t been mingling among your newest line of Gladiator sandals.
Why oh why have I had to tear myself away from our humble relationship? The same reason I loved you in the first place, your clothes.
First, you decide that gay rights blow. It’s no secret your company CEO Mr. Hayne is staunchly conservative and has been in huge $upport of politicians working against same-sex rights over the years. Just this past year, you decided that a “I Support Same Sex Marriage” shirt was ‘too controversial’ for your store and had it pulled after only a week of sales.
But I guess those darn gays are the problem and that’s whats controversial, not the shirt that proclaims it’s up to daddy dearest to ‘protect’ his daughter’s virginity. I guess gay people are way worse than the age-old disgusting practice of a father controlling his daughter’s virginity as if she’s an object just there for a dowry.
Finally, today, you have sealed our break-up, UO. Your new “Eat Less” shirt, modeled on what looks to be an under-weight pre-pubescent child. Sure, I could give you the benefit of the doubt and think its some sort of Zen bullshit about eating only until your full or some starving-for-your-religion thing, but after your string of craptacular shirts I’m going to go ahead and call this a pro-anorexia piece of shit shirt.
I won’t judge those who continue going back to you, but I’m washing my hands clean of your increasingly ridiculous clothing.
Note: Many people have said these t-shirts are just ‘ironic’ and all a parody of the issues they represent, which would be fine and dandy if it were true. UO has a long history of racist and sexist products, and their owner Richard Haynes has a long history of opposing unionized labour, same-sex rights, and women’s rights. I don’t feel right about my money being put into a system that goes right back into another system that supports hate.
Update: It looks like all the backlash has caused UO to pull the ‘Eat Less’ shirt from sales, but no formal notice or apology has been posted.