Urban Outfitters Condemned for Jewish Star T-Shirt

Lehitgayer News

First Published: 4/22/2012, 9:19 AM

Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is, once again, facing controversy over apparel featuring a six-pointed blue star on a yellow T-shirt, resembling the uniform Jews were forced to wear during the HolocaustUrban Outfitters' Controversial Tee

The Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia publicly criticized the contentious design, saying it evokes memories of Nazi anti-Semitism.

“We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers,” wrote Barry Morrison, regional director of the ADL.

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  1. Aviva Ishai said:

    i don’t know…when i first saw the headline, i assumed the complaint was coming from muslims or other antisemites incensed at having to look at a jewish symbol (i’m not clear what these shirts are to be used for. are they a uniform? or just a T-shirt?) my parents are survivors, so i have a right to be sensitive about these things, but this shirt just didn’t strike me that way. the stars the jews had to wear in concentration camp was bigger, yellow, with ‘jude’ printed in it. sometimes it was worn on the arm, i think, as an arm band. this one is smaller, blue in a nice design…i dunno, i think i would look at it as wearing a magen david with pride, just as i would wear a magen david piece of jewelry on a chain around my neck with pride. after reading the complaint, i can see where they’re coming from, but at first glance it just didn’t hit me that way.

  2. Almoni said:

    Yeah. I’d love to buy one of these shirts! I don’t resemble the holocaust symbol in any way, except for the fact that it’s a star.

    • You’d buy one knowing that it does in fact offend and hurt the sensitivities of many Jews???

      • Almoni said:

        Not the Jews I know.

      • Are their opinions and feelings the only ones you care about?

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