Urban Outfitters continues to troll the world with offensive clothing.
This time around, Urban Outfitters is peddling vintage Kent State shootings sweatshirts complete with splatters of blood and pre-made holes.
The Kent State shootings, for those too young to remember, happened back in May, 1970 when Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed college students protesting the Cambodian Campaign. The National Guardsmen fired 67 rounds of ammunition in just 13 seconds and killed four students. Nine others were wounded in the Kent State shootings and some suffered permanent paralysis.
“Get it or regret it!”was the description for the one-of-a-kind Kent State sweatshirt. Even more regrettable is the fact that Urban Outfitters charged $129 for the offensive outerwear and morons actually bought it.
The shirt, much like most of Urban Outfitters clothing, is tasteless. Of course, the Kent State shooting shirt sold out immediately, purchased by people who have zero knowledge of the shirt’s true significance or those who just wanted a shirt splattered in blood.
Urban Outfitters issued an “apology” regarding the shirt, stating — “It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such … There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray.”
The farther the calendar moves from a tragedy like the Kent State shootings, the more our society deems it appropriate to capitalize on said tragedy. In twenty years, some company will print T-shirts poking fun at September 11th or prisoner beheading by ISIS, and people will snatch them up to wear at parties and to the gym.