It’s one thing to sell an ugly shirt.
It’s another thing entirely to sell a shirt that’s ugly … and is a clear reminder of a bloody massacre that’s viewed as a dark point in recent American history.
In case you had a busy day at work today and didn’t check the Internet at any point, then, well, you should probably find a new job that allots you more Facebook time. But anyway, the clothing store Urban Outfitters has been blasted for selling a red, tie-dyed Kent State sweatshirt that looks extraordinarily similar to blood stains.
History buffs will recall that the university was the site of a Vietnam War protest in 1970 where four students were killed by the Ohio National Guard, and another nine were wounded. It’s an event that’s still remembered today as a textbook what-not-to-do for governments responding to protests by its own citizens.
The most criminal part in all of this? They’re selling it for $130.
Following heavy public backlash, including outrage by Kent State officials, Urban Outfitters has since apologized for the apparel.
A lot of people will call this a publicity stunt. A means by Urban Outfitters marketers to get its brand in public consciousness.
But I’m not even going to give them that much credit. I’m just going to go ahead and call Urban Outfitters really, really stupid.
Urban Outfitters is not a store that you associate with its marketing, either of the good or bad variety. When’s the last time you’ve even thought about the store besides the time you’ve passed by it at the mall? So why start now?
I’d like to think they’re not heartless enough to capitalize on a deadly American event, four days after September 11, for publicity. So I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
But I am amazed that this sweatshirt went through all the proper channels, from its conception to its actual creation, to its release, and not one person – not one – thought it may be construed negatively in association with the Kent State shootings? Again … stupid.
And did no one tell them that tie-dye went out of style when the world stopped realizing that we don’t wear the same things in daily life as we did in summer camp when we were 12?
You really can’t make this stuff up. But it also makes life very easy for bloggers like me.
Speaking of stupidity, Robin Thicke is also in the news. In a recent deposition related to whether “Blurred Lines” is a ripoff of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” he admitted two things: He was drunk or high in almost every public appearance he made last year, and that he had almost nothing to do with the creation of his popular song, besides the fact that he sang it.
The last several months of Thicke’s career, meanwhile, have revolved around him desperately trying to win back the affection of his wife, Paula Patton, who separated from him in February.
It all makes sense now.
I know Blurred Lines was a massive hit, but if you actually read the lyrics, then I would be doing everything I could to deny that I wrote the song.
Do you, Robin. Do you.
Let’s end on a happier note. You’d be hard pressed to find two women that, combined, are able to make everybody laugh harder than Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Just watch the last two Golden Globes monologues if you need further convincing.
But I nominate Kristen Wiig and Ellen DeGeneres as a close second.
Wiig was on Ellen’s show recently, and the two admitted that they were unfamiliar with the song “Let It Go,” from Frozen. Which, might I add, makes no sense considering Ellen hosted the Oscars, where Adeel Dazeem, I mean, Idina Menzel performed the song. But I digress.
Anyway, the result was a duet of them both singing the song without any alleged prior knowledge of it, providing for some excellent comedy.
People are coining it the worst cover ever of the song.
Well, they clearly haven’t heard me sing the song in the shower.
I’ve said too much.