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The “Fashionable” Yellow Star

Apr 22, 2012 at 01:24:24 PM

Just when you think you've seen the height of insensitivity, there's this:

The "hipster" clothing company Urban Outfitters is now selling a t-shirt bearing a six-pointed Star of David patch that ― along with the bright yellow shirt fabric ― is clearly suggestive of the infamous "yellow star" worn by European Jews under Nazi persecution.

This is not the first time that Urban Outfitters has offended Jewish sensibilities. In 2004 they marketed a shirt bearing the words "Everybody Loves a Jewish Girl" surrounded by dollar signs and shopping bags.

During the second Intifada, the chain sold Palestinian kaffiyehs which they referred to as "antiwar scarves." Another shirt showed a Palestinian youth carrying an AK-47 assault rifle over the word "Victimized."

And now, marketing Nazi concentration camp symbols to impressionable youth? There's no excuse.

Update: Wood Wood, the Danish producers of the shirt, is apparently marketing it under the rubric of "Mescaline Mathematics" - fashion featuring interconnected geometrical shapes. So is the Nazi connotation genuine, or just another Rorschach test for those attuned to the Holocaust?

Update #2: Now it's getting more interesting. Wood Wood has issued a statement acknowledging that "when we received the prototype of this particular style we did recognize the resemblance" to the Star of David. The statement is signed by Wood Wood co-founder, Brian SS Jensen (no kidding - "SS").

April 22, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) MitchA, April 26, 2012 6:34 PM

I can't find it

You are right. there is no excuse for something like this. However I went to U.O. web page and looked for the shirt so I can call them with an item number and complain. Lo and behold, it only shows the shirt. Without the 'star'. Can anyone find the item online and let me know the item number? Thanks

(5) Richard Garza-Ray, April 24, 2012 10:16 PM

Perhaps a worldwide boycot of Wood Wood products might get their attention to change their insensentive ways to make a dollar.

(4) Andy, April 23, 2012 9:32 PM

$100 for a tee shirt with holocaust themed star. Maybe number tatoos will come stylish as well.

At the risk of inspiring more antisemitic jokes re cheap Jews it seems to me that anyone foolish enough to pay $100 for a holocaust themed/star tee shirt is an idiot in more ways than one. Speaking of insensitivity I was flipping thru channels on TV last week and on a cable talk show "Chelsea Lately" someone commeneted re the subject of tatoos that "one is never too old to get a tatoo, and he heard of someone getting one at Auchweitz when he was over sixty years of age." Even the often jaded Jewish host and her other guest seemed a bit taken aback and moved the conversation to another subject. It's a long galut. Am yisroel chai.

(3) Anonymous, April 23, 2012 10:12 AM

excellent blog

For weeks I've wanted to write a comment to say how much I've been enjoying Shraga's Blog, and today I had to take the time to do it. It's always current and interesting, and keeps me up to date on things I might have missed in the news - like this outrageous tee shirt available to young men. Shraga's Blog is an important addition to the Aish site - and different from the other weekly offerings. It keeps me checking in with Aish every day.

(2) Anonymous, April 23, 2012 9:09 AM

The t-shirt with the yellow star is beyond disgusting, and so is the t-shirt with the slogan everybody loves a Jewish girl. We need to vote with our wallets and not buy these pieces of garbage. Remember, money talks. If this retailer does not make any money on these shirts, the product will simply be yanked from the shelves.

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