Did Art Stealing, Santorum-supporting, Gay Hating, Urban Outfitters CEO License A T-Shirt Featuring Robert Mapplethorpe For His Store? - “The [Mapplethorpe] Foundation reps were not aware of the shirt’s sudden disappearance, but it was gone, simultaneously, everywhere. Circumstances taken into the account, yes, this seemed to have happened suspiciously fast. Hidden amidst the boobs, blunts and OBEY, had Mapplethorpe been passing as straight enough for mall-wear with that tough guy pose? Until he wasn’t, until someone figured out that man with the switchblade is the man with a bull-whip up his ass and comes with a heritage of marvelous portraiture Urban Outfitters would definitely never put on a t-shirt? ”
I’m torn over the Richard Hayne controversy. Let’s take a look at the product this company is churning out (see exhibit A above). There are obviously a lot of homos in the ranks between the old windbag at the top and the shorts I’m buying off the clearance rack.
I don’t buy that the UO aesthetic is some grand conspiracy by Hayne to make young liberals appear more vapid (as i’ve read in many articles this week). I think the man is just wildly disconnected from his own product and he is laughing all the way to the bank.
The average urban outfitters shopper IS vapid enough to keep shopping there. protest will not come at the retail level.
The real question is what’s going through the minds of the HUNDREDS of gay men & women I know this company employs between Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. I haven’t heard a peep out of them and they’re clearly the ones who’ve shaped the company. not this guy: