If you earned a dollar for every controversy that clothing retailer Urban Outfitters found itself in, you'd be rich. Last week, The Blaze told you about the most recent debacle surrounding a t-shirt that oddly resembled the Stars of David that Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi era. Now, the co-founder of the clothing company that produced the shirt is speaking out.
In a note that was e-mailed by Brian SS Jensen, the co-founder of the Denmark-based Wood Wood company explained the situation. While he admitted that the company noticed the resemblance upon receiving a prototype of the style, he claims that the graphic isn't the Star of David and that it was never intended to be.
Here's the letter that was posted by The Gloss, among other outlets:
as some of you are aware, several news sites have been writing about our “‘Kellog’ T-shirt, which feature an image of a six-pointed star, allegedly similar to the yellow badge jews were ordered to wear by the German nazis.
First of all the graphic is not the Star of David, and I can assure you that this is in no way a reference to judaism, nazism or the holocaust. The graphic came from working with patchwork and geometric patterns for our spring/summer collection ‘State of Mind’.
However when we received the prototype of this particular style we did recognize the resemblance, which is why we decided not to include the star patch on the final production T-shirt.
I assume the image people have reacted to come from Urban Outfitters' web site. This must be a photograph of an early sample, which is of course an error.
Here is the actual T-shirt as it is in stores: http://woodwood.dk/store/product/category-men-tees/kellog-tee
I am sorry if anyone was offended seeing the shirt, it was of course never our intention to hurt any feelings with this.
Brian SS Jensen,
Co-Founder of W.W.”
The new image of the t-shirt (above), without the controversial design, can now be found on the Urban Outfitters web site.
Of course, people will likely wonder why an image with the symbol ended up on the company's web site in the first place, especially considering that the "Kellogg Tee" was already on sale for $100 when The Blaze first reported on it.
A case of a graphics mistake or a reversal of course once the public became outraged? You decided. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, below.
(H/T: The Gloss)