Urban Outfitters is at it again. This time the often-controversial retailer is apparently messing with Chicago-based gang, Gangster Disciples, after offering a t-shirt with the gang's symbol printed across the chest. After getting word of the similarity of the symbol printed on its Vanguard Pitchfork tee to that of the Gangster Disciples (the gang responsible for killing singer Jennifer Hudson's family members in 2008), Urban Outfitters removed the tee and released the following statement:
"Urban Outfitters had no prior knowledge of this symbol's affiliation when we purchased the t-shirt from the designer. It was never meant to offend nor promote gang violence."
And while we are on the topic, you may recall that in 2010, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (yeah, a corporate gang) sued Alexander McQueen for breach of trademark, after the fashion house featured motifs similar to its famous winged death head. Lawyers for the motorcycle gang cited four products from the late designer's final collection, created shortly before his suicide in February this year, some of which referenced "Hells Angels" in their product titles/descriptions. The iconic motorcycle gang also sued Saks Fifth Avenue and e-tailer Zappos.com for selling the products at issue. The lawsuit was settled a month later, with the companies agreeing to recall merchandise that had already been sold and destroy it, as well as pay financial damages based on profits earned by the fashion companies on the merchandise.