Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Glorying Child Soldiers by Urban Outfitters
Every once in a while, Urban Outfitters comes up with a stupid way to shock the public and of course gather some free publicity. In another word, they are attention whores! They utilize this publicity stunt to somehow get their name out there and of course make money. However this time, they used some ugly tactic to make money. Before, they used Kaffieh as a hip clothing article and many people thought that they are just making a fashion statement. However, this time they have gone too far. Here is the sickening t-shirt that they are trying to sell. Now they are using Palestinian child soldiers as great heroes and of course portraying them as victimized. It is sickening and something should be done about it. How could a company glorify and promote child-soldiers as heroes? Shouldn’t they try to actually find a way not to glorify them and play down their role in the conflict in order to prevent more children to grab guns and enter the battlefield? Isn’t it better to send these kids to school and glorify education instead of glorifying a kid with a gun in his hand? This is the tactic that terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah use to recruit more children to their deadly cause and now a Western company is actually using it to promote more sales. Is this honestly happening or am I just dreaming? People tired writing an e-mail to them and their response was that it is not an anti-Israel T-shirt. I don’t understand how they are trying to sell this T-shirt as not an anti-Israel T-shirt. However, here are some questions for them: how come they are not making a t-shirt regarding victim of Darfur? How come they are not making a t-shirt regarding the horrific treatment of homosexuals in Islamic countries? How come they are not making a t-shirt regarding the imprisonment and execution of student activists in Iran? How come they are not making a t-shirt regarding the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia and Islamic countries? Why are they so focused on Israel? It is amazing how low a company would sink to attract attention to itself in order to make money. I ask all of my readers to never shop at this terrorist apologist and child abuse promoter company. At the same time, please write an e-mail and here is the contact site to the company. If you have any better ideas how to deal with stunts like these, please let me know.