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Can We Make Auschwitz A Little More Stylish?

Urban Outfitters venture into a better designed history.

Urban Outfitters venture into a better designed history.
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Jewish News One reported that American clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is in hot water for selling a yellow T-shirt with a patch over the breast pocket that looks like a designer’s idea of how to improve that old fashioned yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.

Make it blue, for one thing, yellow is soooo 1941.

A spokesman for Yad Vashem said the design was “in bad taste.”

The Anti-Defamation League called the shirt “extremely distasteful and offensive.”

Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy, and to date has offended African Americans, Mexicans, and the Irish.

Jewish News One notes that in 2004, the ADL complained about another T-shirt which they said reinforced negative stereotypes about Jews and money. the shirt read “Everyone loves a Jewish girl,” with images of dollar signs and hearts around the line.

As of last week, Urban Outfitters has not responded to the ADL’s email.

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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