Urban Outfitters Yanks Same-Sex Marriage T-shirt From Shelves

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    Dec 10, 2008 2:50 PM GMT
    http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2008/12/urban_outfitters_yanks_same-se.html


    Printed T-shirts are a staple item for Urban Outfitters, but in a rare move, the company yanked one from their California shelves last week. Tara Littman of Support Shirts designed the shirt in question, which features the statement "I Support Same Sex Marriage," clearly a hot-button item in the Proposition 8 state. Less than a week after it first arrived in stores and online, the shirt was gone. A buyer cited the reason as "too much bad press" to Littman, though the designer couldn't find more than one blog entry that dissed the shirt. (Funny how a youth-targeted company blamed the Internet.) But we had to wonder if there was more to it than just bad press. After all, Urban has carried more sensational items than this in the past. In a 2006 interview, the Boston Globe asked Richard Hayne, the CEO of Urban Outfitters, if he felt regrets or second thoughts about potentially offensive products, and he said "very, very, very rarely." So is the veto of Littman's shirt just a case of good ol' discrimination? Consider this: Hayne is a notably right-wing Republican who supports senators who vote for legislation against gay marriage. In fact, last May the British Website ThisIsMoney.co.uk wrote, "Hayne must be the only retailer whose expansion plans depend on no one finding out who he really is." Interesting where your money goes, isn't it? When a right-wing Republican is the one concocting your anti-Establishment image, you start to wonder if the entire hipster movement has been duped into becoming puppets of Hayne's billionaire income. Because if we're all suckers, that just sucks.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    I stopped shopping at Urban Outfitters quite a while ago when I discovered Mr. Hayne's political leanings and donations.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    I had never shopped there until last summer and now I know to not shop there again.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    i've gotten a few things from them over the years- there's one on the edge of our campus and its convenient- but no longer. that's BS
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    icon_biggrin.gif I'm so glad you told us this. I'm sick of my Hipster Toronto Friends gay and straight going on about how great this place is..

    Not a fan. And now with good reason.. Can't wait too tell all the lefties icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    eh... i myself have never been a fan nor have i ever bought anything from there. see no reason to start now.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    DigitalGhost_ said
    Urban Outfitters Yanks Same-Sex Marriage T-shirt From Shelves


    Nice banner ad RealJock, LOL!
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    I thought they would be the first to have a shirt like that, either them or Spencer's. I guess at least it was out for a week.. baby steps forward lol
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    LOL, yeah the advertisements in this thread are quite funny. No chance.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Interesting
    but they will keep the book on "Pornogami: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults," and other "titillating titles" on the selves icon_question.gif

    Not to mention other more provative printed T-Shirts...
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    We should call a boycott of Lacoste, True Relig, 7 for all mankind and other luxury brands to drop there products from UO stores, as well as UO it's self.icon_twisted.gif

    Dick Hayne is a prick.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    Sean_85 saidWe should call a boycott of Lacoste, True Relig, 7 for all mankind and other luxury brands to drop there products from UO stores, as well as UO it's self.icon_twisted.gif

    Dick Hayne is a prick.


    Truly, his name's "dick" isn't it?
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said, "Nice banner ad RealJock, LOL"


    I've noticed that the ads appear when there is a subject in the thread related or about the same subject as in the ad. I think it's an automatic google function that RJ participates in non-specifically. If we were to talk about jockey underwear, it would start showing up.

    So let's test this. If anyone reads this, please reply with Jockey. If Jockey ads appear, then there is the reason.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    What are Ads by Google?
    Ads by Google are contextually relevant advertisements that appear beside related content on the page. The web publishers who display Ads by Google are part of the Google AdSense program, and the ads come from Google's base of AdWords advertisers.

    Voila.


    Jockey.
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    Dec 10, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    Oh I just noticed the ad! Interesting, weren't there eharmony banners a while back as well? I know it was for a very non-gay friendly brand.
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    Dec 10, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Jeff from Real Jock posted the following in another thread about the ads.

    jeffinsf saidThis ad came in through Google Adsense, Google's cost-per-click advertising system. Google's ad system serves ads based on keyword matches.


    He goes on to say they cannot pre-screen the ads but if they are offensive he can ask Google to block them going forward.

    Seems to me that if people click on the links, the advertisers pay for that (hence "cost-per-click"). So by clicking on urban outfitters or eharmony's ads, money from those businesses goes to support Real Jock. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, I'll stop clicking on those ads repeatedly.

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    Dec 10, 2008 8:30 PM GMT

    CLicking on them helps RJ! Well than I can stand it then. Ooooh, look a miniature robot, how cute.
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    Dec 10, 2008 8:36 PM GMT
    As a Supporter. We get the right to turn our adds off, and I have done this. So I don't get to see any Jockey adds, or any other.
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    Dec 11, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    BodyWork4 said
    Sean_85 saidWe should call a boycott of Lacoste, True Relig, 7 for all mankind and other luxury brands to drop there products from UO stores, as well as UO it's self.icon_twisted.gif

    Dick Hayne is a prick.


    Truly, his name's "dick" isn't it?


    Richard gets shortened to Dick alot.. i don't know why.. it just does. and it fits nicely in this case.