I had a lot of people ask me what I thought about the tasteless decision by Urban Outfitters to sell a ‘vintage’ Kent State University sweatshirt that appears to be splattered with blood.
My reaction is the same as what everyone else’s should be: It’s appalling. Appalling in the sense that Urban Outfitters thought that this was ok. And then issued a ‘we’re sorry…sorry you took it that way’ apology.
Look, the sweatshirt is exactly what people think it is. It is exactly what it looks like. No matter what Urban Outfitters puts out, I believe they knew exactly what they were doing. Weird that I couldn’t find any Ohio State vintage sweatshirts. Or any University of Akron sweatshirts. Also weird that when I typed in ‘vintage Kent State University sweatshirt’ it took me to this page – saying they were sold out:
I’m not going to spend any more time talking about this because I think it’s ridiculous. But I would encourage you – if you’re going to do any research on this, start with the events on the Kent State University campus on May 4, 1970.
Anyone who knows me knows how much Kent State University means to me. However, my first exposure to the University came during a campus visit my senior year – right in the middle of the 25th anniversary of May 4. Five years later I worked the 30th anniversary and participated in the midnight candlelight vigil. The majority of my classes were in Taylor Hall. I’ve been back many, many times to play with my daughters but also to take the self-guided tour and educate them on why the events – and what triggered those events – should never be forgotten.
So yea, you can understand why I would be so appalled – or why anyone with a brain would be or should be. Kids, you want to go places? You want a skill that is in high demand? Major in common sense. You’ll have any job you want.