August 17, 2005

Hipsters for Santorum



Pictured above is a tee that Urban Outfitters pulled from its shelves after an outcry. There is some truth printed on this tee, however, as the "old pe[rson]" who founded and runs Urban Outfitters both votes and contributes to the campaigns of certain politicians that Urban Outfitters' youthful clientele may not be entirely comfortable with (if they even know who the fuck they are). From an article in Philadelphia Weekly:

But the difference between stage-crafted storefront image and corporate reality doesn't end there. It extends all the way to the top, to the man who built the company from scratch--Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters' president and founder.

While the typical Urban Outfitters shopper is likely to be liberal-minded--as is the province and privilege of youth--the fiftysomething Hayne is mom-and-apple-pie conservative. He and his wife Margaret have contributed $13,150 to the campaign coffers of Paleolithic right-wing Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and his Political Action Committee over the years.

Urban Outfitters has also been criticized for its use of sweatshop labor.

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