ADL asks Urban Outfitters to nix sale of garment similar to Holocaust prisoner clothing

Civil rights group notes similarity between item and the gray and white stripes and pink triangles that gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 10, 2015 01:50
 Urban Outfitters garment

Urban Outfitters garment . (photo credit: ADL)

The US civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged the Urban Outfitters retail chain on Monday to remove a garment it was selling in its stores for being “eerily reminiscent of the prisoner gray and white stripes and pink triangles that gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps."

“Whether intentional or not, this gray and white stripped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture,”  Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said Monday. 

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“We urge Urban Outfitters to immediately remove the product eerily reminiscent of clothing forced upon the victims of the Holocaust from their stores and online,” Foxman added.

This past summer, retail clothing chain Zara issued a public apology following an outcry over one of its T-shirts that some claim bears a resemblance to a concentration camp uniform.

The blue and white striped boy’s shirt with a yellow six-pointed star was intended to convey a wild west aesthetic, according to parent corporation Inditex, and will no longer be sold.


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