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Fashion Faux-Pas: Urban Outfitters' Gay Concentration Camp Tapestry Sparks Outrage

Pink Triangle

Another misstep from the retail giant

Once again pushing the boundaries of good taste, Urban Outfitters has drawn the ire of the Anti-Defamation League for selling a tapestry far too similar to the uniforms gay concentration camp prisoners were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

"Whether intentional or not, this gray and white stripped pattern and pink triangle combination is deeply offensive and should not be mainstreamed into popular culture," Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the ADL and a Holocaust survivor, said in a statement.

The inverted pink triangle was used to identify men imprisoned in the camps because of their homosexuality, but has been reappropriated in recent times as a symbol of gay rights. Back in 2010, Urban Outfitters came under fire for another tone-deaf Holocaust reference for using a yellow star of David, used to identify Jews during the Nazi occupation in Europe.

Well, at least they're consistent.

Meanwhile, the tapestry and a similar "triangle-shaped curtain" have since disappeared from the company's website.

h/t: New York Daily News

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