Urban Outfitters Sparks Outrage With Tapestry Resembling Gay Concentration Camp Uniform

This striped tapestry featuring pink triangles has led to outcry from the Anti-Defamation League after they found it resembled uniforms worn by concentration camp prisoners.

Photo: Anti-Defamation League

Members of the LGBT and Jewish communities are furious at hipster retailer Urban Outfitter for a tapestry that resembles the uniforms worn by gay men in Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

The design features gray stripes with an inverted pink triangle, “eerily reminiscent” of those used to identify gay male prisoners in the camps, claims the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish watchdog group.

Photo: The Jewish Museum London/Getty Images

“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,” said ADL director Abraham H. Foxman, himself 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 NY Daily News reports the tapestry was no longer on the UO website as of Monday, while something called a “Triangle-Stripe Curtain” was listed as sold out.

This is hardly the first time the company has stirred up controversy with its wares:  In 2012, UO released a t-shirt with a yellow Star of David, also raising the specter of the Holocaust.

And last year the store sold a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt splattered with what looked like fake blood. In 1970 four unarmed college students at a demonstration were shot dead by members of the Ohio National Guard.

h/t: Daily News

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