18 Mar 2004 Let’s See if Andy Rooney Blasts This
We know where NCPPR executive director David W. Almasi DOESN’T shop:
Can there be a “three strikes” law to protect our society from those with chronic poor judgment? If one can be passed, please put the executives of Urban Outfitters at the top of the list.
The comedian Gallagher once suggested issuing drivers pistols and darts with an attached “stupid” flag. If someone cut them off in traffic, a driver would shoot at their car with a stupid dart. If a cop saw a car with more than five stupid darts, the driver would be pulled over and ticketed for being an idiot.
If it were a car, the “trendy” teen-oriented Urban Outfitters store would be covered with stupid darts.
First, it enraged the African-American community by selling a Monopoly parody called “Ghettopoly” that replaced properties like Park Place with “Tyron’s Gun Shop” and rewarded players for getting people hooked on crack. Next was an overpriced jersey reading “Voting is for Old People” that caught the ire of political science professors at Harvard.
Ghettopoly was discovered in October of 2003. The jersey was a story last month. You’d think the firm’s executives would have learned by now. They didn’t. Apparently trying to capitalize on “The Passion of the Christ,” UO is now under fire for selling a paper doll-style “dress up Jesus.” It is magnetic, and you can dress the Jesus figure — hanging from the cross — in a Hawaiian-themed outfit, a devil costume or a ladies’ sundress, among other options. You can also change the sign above his head to read “hang in there.”
In a news report from an NBC affiliate in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, UO officials say the stocking of this item — which some people, unsurprisingly, find offensive — “reflect[s] a diversity of opinion among its customer base.”