File this under bad taste.
If one is to believe Urban Outfitters, famous for their controversial items, nothing says vintage-fun like a blood spattered Kent State sweatshirt; a nostalgic reminder of those crazy collegiate antics of the 1970s.
The hip retailer has come under fire for yet another tasteless item, this time taking a cheap shot at the Kent State shootings tragedy.
Tragedy For Sale
Did Urban Outfitters intend to take you back to that tragic day in May of 1970 when Ohio National Guard opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students during a Vietnam War Protest at Kent State University in Ohio, killing 4 students and wounding 11 others? It’s hard to imagine otherwise.
To add insult to injury nostalgia doesn’t come cheap
“Get it or regret it,” read the description for the faux vintage sweatshirt retailing at $129. The controversial item immediately sold out before it was removed from their website.
Sad thing is, some are actually making a killing selling the items on eBay for jacked up price of $550.
Though the company has put the kibosh on the item taking it down from their site, the bad taste lingers.
Kent State Remembered
Another stain on the questionable taste of Urban Outfitters.
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Never felt the need before to deal with them. Now I KNOW I won’t ever. Anyone who would make a profit on such a tragedy in such a tasteless, heinous manner deserves to go out of business. Saying “Shame on Them” seems such a weak, useless phrase under the circumstances, but the shame indeed belongs to whomever thought of such a horrid item to sell to the public. The same goes to anyone who bought one, no matter what the reason. They just contributed to that awful reminder of a society gone mindless with fear.