Yesterday I posted about a controversy surrounding Urban Outfitters after the chain pulled a T-shirt that said “I support same-sex marriage” from the shelves. Many suspected the move was purely political, since the chain’s founder has contributed to many right-wing politicians and causes.
The company told New York‘s The Cut:
“The T-shirt was pulled because it was not selling. This is a common practice because sales space is so valuable, especially in this challenging economic climate. This is a common practice because sales space is so valuable, especially in this challenging economic climate. We wouldn’t bring back the same T-shirt because it didn’t sell well. But the head merchant is open to finding other products that support gay marriage and carry the same message but will be more popular with our customers.”
And as for the company’s politics:
“Meanwhile, the spokesperson also confirmed what our commenters speculated: Glen Senk, the CEO of the parent company, Urban Outfitters, Inc., is an openly gay man who has been in a committed relationship for over 30 years. However, Richard Hayne is still the founder and current chairman and does indeed have a record for supporting right-wing Republicans who are against abortion and gay rights.”
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