Urban Outfitters’ ‘Depression’ Shirt Pulled from Stores
Popular clothing store, Urban Outfitters is the subject of controversy once again. The store, which draws in a young crowd, is under fire for selling a woman's cropped t-shirt with the word depression printed all over it. This 'depression' shirt has since been pulled off the shelves.
The Philadelphia-based company directly removed the product from its stores and only sold it online priced on sale at $9.99. Even though the company that manufactures the shirt is called Depression, people were not happy with the fact that Urban Outfitters would sell a shirt that makes light of a serious mental illness. Depression is a Singapore-based company created by Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh. Lim stated that he was shocked at the reception of the shirt and reiterated that they "make happy clothes." Many of these critics went on twitter to express their disgust, reported by My FOX Philly:
"Absolutely disgusting what Urban Outfitters is selling. Disgraceful. I don't know how that is allowed."
"This is vile. Does Urban Outfitters not know how offensive and triggering these tops are?"
ABC News also printed some of the other tweets regarding Urban Outfitter's shirt:
"I dealt with depression and anorexia/bulimia for 5 years, this is so offensive."
"Urban Outfitters have made a depression t-shirt. Well done, you've made it even harder for people genuinely suffering to be taken seriously."
Urban Outfitters was previously criticized for some of its other products. One of them was a t-shirt that read "Eat Less." Some other products include the line of drinking paraphernalia that resembled prescription pill bottles.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects around one in every 10 adults. Despite efforts to break down the stigmas surrounding mental illness, these stigmas still exists and often prevent people from seeking help.