A pal sent along this article from the U.K. on Urban Outfitters' president, Richard Hayne, who in the past has apparently donated cash to such Republican campaigns as that of anti-gay former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum.
Interestingly, in 2004 -- a big election year wherein youth were urged to vote -- Urban Outfitters sold a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "Voting Is For Old People." Guess those old people thought Santorum sucked, too, because he lost out on being re-elected in November 2006 to Democrat Bob Casey, Jr.
A little online digging reveals that student group Dances With Kittens staged a protest outside a Santa Cruz, California store in 2005.
This is the text on the flier the group handed out to bypassers:
Boycott Urban Outfitters!!!
The president of Urban Outfitters gives money to the Republican Party and right-wing senator Rick Santorum. Santorum is one of the most conservative members of the entire US Senate. He has made harsh remarks towards homosexuals. So, by buying from Urban Outfitters you are giving $ to support homophobic causes.
Another reason not to support Urban Outfitters is because of the shirt they sold for a while that said, "Voting is for Old People"! The goal of the shirt is obviously to suppress the youth vote and disenfranchise young people.
All we ask is that you examine the facts and choose to not buy any products from any Urban Outfitters unitl they stop giving money to discrimination and spreading the wrong message. There are plenty of other great places to shop.
Join us in boycotting Urban Outfitters!
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And yet, here are some of the shirts the $700 million empire has sold over the years, obviously cashing in on its gay (or at least gay-friendly or ironic) clientele: