Urban Outfitters Criticized for Tapestry Reminiscent of Holocaust Garb

The Anti-Defamation League asks the retail chain to stop selling it.

The Anti-Defamation League is asking Urban Outfitters to stop selling a tapestry they said is "eerily reminiscent" of Holocaust garb. The tapestry is gray-and-white striped with pink triangles on it, similar to the uniforms gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.

“Whether intentional or not, this gray-and-white striped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL's national director and a Holocaust survivor. “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.”

The ADL reached out to Richard Hayne, the retail chain's president and CEO, with a letter expressing the organization's concern. In 2012, the ADL expressed similar concern when Urban Outfitters sold a T-shirt with a logo that appeared to be a yellow Star of David. Just this past September, Urban Outfitters was criticized for selling a Kent State sweatshirt that looked like it had splatters of blood on it.

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