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Urban Outfitters' St. Pat's gear called negative
St. Patrick's Day is known to be a good time, but the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs thinks Urban Outfitters has taken it too far.
The store's "Irish" clothing includes a women's T-shirt that says "Kiss Me I'm Drunk, Or Irish, Or Whatever", a tank top that says "Irish I Were Drunk" and a hat with a photo of a stick figure bent over vomiting that says "Irish Yoga."
The 10-member committee, led by Rep. Joe Crowley, (D-Woodside), sent a letter on Feb. 27 to Urban Outfitters chief executive Tedford Marlow asking him to end the sale of these items, which they believe contain "severe and negative stereotypes" and also promote binge drinking.
"By selling and promoting these items, Urban Outfitters is only fueling stereotypes that many Irish-Americans, as well as the people of Ireland, work so hard to dispel," Crowley said in a statement.
Crowley wrote in the letter that he understands that the items "may have been created with the intent of good humor" and that the members of the committee "know that Irish and Irish-Americans often revel in self-deprecating and blunt humor," but that Urban Outfitters crossed the line.
Marlow has not yet responded to the letter.
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