URBN Hawks Bigoted Tees
This year, a line of Urban Outfitters T-shirts decried by some Jews as exploiting stereotypes of Jews as moneygrubbers and Jewish women as spoiled princesses is also flying off the shelves — into the closets of willing buyers.
The Philadelphia-based chain is hawking a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo “Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl” along with images of dollar signs and shopping bags. Also available are “Everybody Loves a German, Irish or Italian Girl” tees, featuring images of, respectively, a beer stein, shamrock and pizza slice.
My friend and I ducked into URBN yesterday to try n’ find one of these shirts. Turns out they’ve completely sold out on the Upper West Side. Unreal.
It’s not that I’m entirely offended by the shirt, it’s just that, as part of the series, it doesn’t make much sense. I mean, if you’re going to go after the stereotype on the Jewish one, the beer stein should be on the Irish shirt, and a swastika on the German one. Otherwise, you’re kinda just singling us out.
[Update 1/12/03] Caving to pressure from the ADL, Urban Outfitters have yanked the t-shirts.