Clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is again facing controversy, this time over a T-shirt featuring a six-pointed star pocket patch that bears resemblance to the yellow Stars of David Jews were made to wear during the Holocaust, some on concentration camp uniforms.
The patch on the “Kellogg Tee” is blue and set against a yellow background. It’s made by the Denmark-based Wood Wood company and selling for $100.
The Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia was the first to publicly object to the shirt, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
“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,” Barry Morrison, regional director of the ADL, wrote in a letter e-mailed to Richard A. Hayne, chairman and chief executive of the retail corporation headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. ADL shared the letter with the media.
The T-shirt was still availableon Urban Outfitters’ website as of Friday afternoon. One commenter noted “the fact it reads I’m a Jew in Poland in the 1940s.”
The retailer did not immediately comment on the matter.
Urban Outfitters is currently being sued by the Navajo Nation over its tribe-inspired fashion line. It also came under fire earlier this month for stocking “Obey Clothing,” which features anti-Christian and anti-capitalist themes.
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