Cloaked in Controversy: Urban Outfitters

Nov 26, 2014   //   by Celeste   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Cloaked in Controversy: Urban Outfitters

That Shi# Don’t Fit!

Urban Outfitters is a clothing store targeted at teenagers and young adults. The store has managed to insult people of various ethnicities, people with eating disorders and substance abuse problems, as well as glorifying gun violence.

A fake blood stained Kent University sweatshirt was only the beginning of Urban Outfitters controversial clothing. In 1970, 4 Kent University students were killed during a protest. The sweatshirt is believed to be a comment on the Kent University massacre. After a buzzfeed article was published on the matter, Urban Outfitters released a statement saying “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic event that took place at Kent State in 1970, and we are extremely saddened that this item is perceived as such.”

Urban Outfitters is also known for selling merchandise glamourizing the abuse of drugs and alcohol. With t-shirts saying things such as “I Vote for Vodka”, “Misery Loves Alcohol”, “I Drink, You’re Cute”, and “USA Drinking Team”. Most of the customers at Urban Outfitters are between the ages of 15 and 24, most of who are below the legal drinking age. Even aimed at an older crowd, these slogans make inappropriate light of a serious issue.

Size 0 : Ethics and Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has also made clothing idolizing and eulogizing eating disorders with shirts saying things such as “Eat Less”. Eating disorders are very serious and should not be treated as a joke. Eating disorders are a serious problem in today’s society and it is appalling that a clothing store would create such an insensitive shirt.

In conclusion, Urban Outfitters has proved time and time again that they believe the glorification of violence, eating disorders and, use and abuse of substances, is not only ok but cool. Urban Outfitters seems to be treating serious issues in our society as casual non-issues, but also a source of amusement that should be commonly sported.

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Kids’ panellist Celeste.

Kids’ panellist Celeste.

I’m Celeste.

I’m 15.

I was born and raised in Toronto.

I love history, books and music.

I don’t like the TTC.

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