Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Urban Outfitters promotes Hate!
Browsing Facebook recently, I came upon a post from a friend that was truely disturbing. Urban Outfitters, a clothing company thats sells clothing aimed at young adults, has started selling this T-shirt with a disturbing set of pictures in the front. If you feel as strongly about this as I do, please go to my friend's facebook group page calling for a boycott of this company.
Here is a open letter that you could feel free to copy and paste and send to the company:
To Whom it May Concern,
I am someone who is always trying to keep up with the current fashion styles and your store is one of the many places I go to to keep up with the latest fashion; however, I recently came upon a shirt that will make me think twice when it comes to shopping at your store. This shirt, (http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp;jsessionid=A0CD8C1F694904FC5F7EDECAB013FAB7.app13-node1?itemdescription=true&itemCount=10&id=14598635&parentid=M_APP_TEESSHORT&sortProperties=%20product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=399&navAction=poppushpush&color=10) when I came upon it was shocked and angered, but not at the message it was trying to get across.
Other than Urban Outfitter's lack of the knowledge of the Middle East conflict, your shirt portrays that these children are victims; however, when you put the gun in the hands of a child you make it appear that the child has a right, as a "victim," to pick up a weapon and kill. This type of message your putting across is something only put forward in the mosques where Imam's preach hatred towards Israel and the Jewish people as well as through public Palestinian TV where children are taught to hate and kill innocent civilians. This is the message you put across in this shirt and I want to let you know I do not plan on shopping at your store again and will let all of my friends and family know not to shop their because of Urban Outfitter's decision to promote a cause that calls for death of innocent people.
Or you may call them at their number: (800) 959-8794
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