Stop the Selling of Holocaust Tapestry


Target: Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne

Goal: Stop selling an offensive tapestry that features a symbol from the holocaust.

Recently, a clothing company started selling yet another holocaust-referencing item–a grey and white striped tapestry with pink triangles on it, which looks exactly like the uniforms gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. The company, Urban Outfitters, is no stranger to selling controversial clothing and other items. Last year they sold Kent State sweaters with blood stains printed on them, and in 2012 they tried to sell a shirt with a Star of David on the left breast pocket. In both cases they were called out and apologized, but now they’ve done it again.

It’s unclear if Urban Outfitters does these things on purpose, or if they’re just incredibly ignorant, but it is clear that they have to stop. The gay experience of the Holocaust was a tragedy, and it cannot be used to make a quick buck. Using such offensive designs to get attention is disgusting, and being ignorant of basic elements of 20th century history is inexcusable.

In 2008 they pulled a shirt promoting marriage equality after California passed Prop-8, and to make up for it, they teamed up with the National Center for Lesbian Rights to produce a different shirt in support of marriage equality. The company has at least some history of supporting LGBT rights, but then they produced a tapestry that hearkens back to the most hate-filled regime in history. They need to get their act together.

By signing this petition, you’ll be telling CEO Richard Hayne to stop selling this offensive tapestry, apologize to the LGBT community, and figure out how to make products that aren’t horribly offensive.


Dear Richard Hayne,

Recently your company, Urban Outfitters, started selling a tapestry reminiscent of the uniforms gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. This is an outrage. Profiting off the suffering of gay man at the hands to the Nazis is a vile, disgusting act. Whether this was done on purpose to try and get attention, or on accident because your designers are ignorant of 20th century history, you cannot continue to release products like this.

This is not the first time that Urban Outfitters has released an offensive product. The Kent State sweaters last year and the Star of David shirt in 2012 show a company with either a disturbing lack of conscious, or a disturbing ignorance. I am writing to urge you to pull this latest offensive item from your stores, apologize to the LGBT community, and to practice significantly more care with future designs. Consider hiring someone to make sure that your future designs don’t celebrate hatred and violence, intentionally or otherwise.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. carol davidson says:

    This is so disgusting! It seems like there is so much Anti-Semitism on the rise.

    • Patrick Bénard says:

      Perhaps Carol but I hate any form of prejudice just as much and I don’t think anti-semitism should be singled out from racism and xenophobia.

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