Urban Outfitters’ Blood Stained Kent State Sweatshirt is a Final Straw

Urban Outfitters’ Blood Stained Kent State Sweatshirt is a Final Straw September 17, 2014

No joke…this really was for sale, at least until enough people caught wind of it and demanded Urban Outfitters pull the item from their shelves.


Freedom of expression is one thing, but…

So many questions arise from this, like:

Who conceives of such a product?
How does it ever make it to production and sale?
What sort of twisted consumer buy such a thing?
Where could someone ever wear it without paralyzing shame and disgust?

Granted, the company is within their rights to create such stuff, but we’re also within our rights not to buy it, or anything else they produce. Personally, I’ve been a fan of some of their clothing and novelty items, but consider this list of products that have placed them in similarly precarious with various other groups in recent history. Their list of targets have included African-Americans, Jewish people, Native-Americans, women and the President (they offered a shirt for a while in the color combination “Obama/Black.”)

Consumers must follow their conscience. As for me, Urban Outfitters has more than worn out their welcome.

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