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The 8 most controversial Urban Outfitters products

From shocking to just downright offensive, these Urban Outfitters products crossed the line.

By HerCampus.com Sep 18, 2013 4:08PM

Urban Outfitters, a company run by prominent conservative donor Richard Hayne, is known as a purveyor of hipster products for trendy teens. The retail chain is also known for creating controversy, with products intended to shock (and often offend). Here are just a few of the most head-turning products that the company has released.

1. “Eat Less” T-shirt

Urban Outfitters Tee // Courtesy of Her Campus

After Urban Outfitters released this T-shirt marked with the words “Eat Less” on the front, Sophia Bush, who is an advocate for promoting healthy body images for women, decided to publicly boycott the entire company.

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2. Pro-booze shirts

Urban Outfitters Tee // Courtesy of Her Campus

Last summer, Urban Outfitters sold a line of T-shirts with blurred-lettered slogans such as “I Vote For Vodka,” “USA Drinking Team” and “I Drink You’re Cute,” despite the fact that the second-largest demographic that frequents the clothing chain is younger than 18.

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3. Prescription-themed products

Urban Outfitters // Courtesy of Her Campus

After Urban Outfitters released a series of several prescription-related products, including coffee mugs covered in prescription labels and syringe shot shooters, American Association of Poison Control Centers President Marsha Ford wrote to Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne on behalf of her organization, arguing that the items promoted the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. After the complaints, Urban Outfitters discontinued the line.

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4. “Victimized” T-shirt

Urban Outfitters Tee // Courtesy of Her Campus

In 2008, Urban Outfitters sold a men’s T-shirt with a blatant anti-Israel message, portraying an armed Palestinian youth accompanied by the word “Victimized.” A barrage of complaints ensued, with claims that the shirt was glorifying child abuse and exploitation, as well as terrorism.

5. “Ghettopoly”

Urban Outfitters Ghettopoly games // Courtesy of Her Campus

When Urban Outfitters sold a knockoff Monopoly game called “Ghettopoly,” with properties such as “Cheap Trick Avenue” and “Hernando’s Chop Shop,” several black leaders stood in protest to the racist rendition of the classic board game.

6. “Jewish Girl” T-shirt

The Jewish Girl tee from Urban Outfitters

In 2004, Urban Outfitters released a T-shirt imprinted with the text “Everyone loves a Jewish girl” with images of shopping bags and dollar signs. It was eventually redesigned so that the offensive graphic elements were removed when the Anti-Defamation League complained that the shirt played into the "Jewish American Princess" stereotype and promoted the idea that Jews are obsessed with money.

7. St. Patrick’s Day-themed products mocking Irish drunkenness

Urban Outfitters tee // Courtesy of Her Campus

After Urban Outfitters sold a series of St. Patrick’s Day products featuring jokes about Irish drunkenness and debauchery, the largest Irish-American organization in the United States lashed out against the company and threatened to boycott, claiming the products disrespected and defamed a whole nation of people.

8. “New Mexico” T-shirt

Urban Outfitters tee // Courtesy of Her Campus

Urban Outfitters sparked controversy again by releasing a T-shirt reading “New Mexico, Cleaner than Regular Mexico.” An official from the Anti-Defamation League asked the retailer to stop selling the shirt, claiming the shirt insinuated that Mexico is unclean.

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418Comments
Oct 14, 2013 1:23PM
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Lighten up people. I have friends who are Jewish who have worn shirts with same statement and not from Urban Outfitters, the Ghettopoly game is old news, the Irish theme has been done to death and there are thousands of drinking shirts. Lighten up America
Oct 14, 2013 11:21AM
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You people with your low-life comments are what's wrong with America......we're all in the toilet because of ignorant, low life people like you.  Get an education!
Sep 23, 2013 3:22AM
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Hey, that little jugs goes well with my 45.
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I would buy any and all the products to support a company with the balls to tell off the PC crowd.
Sep 23, 2013 12:00AM
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a whole lot of political correctness. like being unfriended on facebook .wow is that the best you got.
Sep 22, 2013 11:02PM
Sep 22, 2013 10:16PM
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This D-bag Richard Hayne has managed to offend the Jews, Blacks, Mexicans, and the Irish by selling his offensive products to kids! Curiously enough he does not mention the WASP heritage, of which he is most likely a descendant. Maybe he thinks WASPS are beyond reproach, because their "culture" is so perfect. This is simply hate speech disguised as free speech protected by the First Amendment. Keep selling hate Mr. Hayne, you should be proud of yourself. 
Sep 22, 2013 7:10PM
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Under the guise of politically incorrect, we can now try to take away the first amendment as well. This crap is funny and as a descendent of Ireland, I am not offended. Thank you. (adding the word all, so I don't offend anyone)
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