So, let’s just say that we at Gurl.com have a love-hate relationship with Urban Outfitters. We love some of their clothes and shoes (except for that terrible pro-anorexia shirt they sold a while back) but typically hate the idea of shopping there, because the guy who runs the place has a pretty nasty track-record of being homophobic, sexist, and generally a pretty uncool dude in our book.
If you’re thinking, “No Way!,” here’s your sad-but-true “Yeah Way!“: Back in 2008, Urban Outfitters started selling shirts promoting gay marriage (awesome!) only to stop selling them a week later (BOO!) after radical conservative groups complained. And sadly, that’s not the only bad thing–the CEO sent tons of money (money earned from shoppers like you!) to Rick Santorum’s Presidential campaign. I don’t know if you heard anything about that guy, but he doesn’t believe in equal rights for women, and has called a pregnancy resulting from rape a “gift” from God. Riiiiiight. The CEO of Urban Outfitters actually supported that guy.
That’s why we were pleasantly surprised when we saw the new Urban Outfitters catalog out this week. In it, there’s a picture of two girls standing alone in a room kissing. Two girls! Kissing! It’s caused quite an outrage with radical conservative groups, including the one who tried to get JC Penney to fire openly gay Ellen DeGeneres from their ad campaign–those ladies do NOT like this Urban Outfitters lesbian kiss–but we find it straight-up refreshing. No, it doesn’t exactly forgive other uncool things Urban Outfitters has done in the past, but it does give us hope that maybe (just maybe) they’re rethinking things and realizing that two people loving each other–regardless of what gender they happen to be–is a cool thing and doesn’t hurt anybody.
Fingers crossed that this is just the first in a line of many, many more open-minded moves from Urban Outfitters. Who knows–maybe they’ll change their ways so much that one day we’ll even want to start shopping there again!
What’s your take on the Urban Outfitters lesbian kiss? Do you think it’s no big deal? Do you shop there even though they’ve done some pretty dodgy stuff in the past? Let us know everything in the comments!