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Urban Outfitters unveils shirt with symbol of Chicago street gang sign

Urban Outfitters is causing some controversy over what some perceive to be a gang sign on one of its t-shirts.

While the company calls it the shirt ‘Vanguard Pitchfork’, critics said the sign looks disturbingly similar to a symbol for notorious Chicago gang, Gangster Disciples.

Critics want it pulled immediately.

Urban Outfitters has not commented.

It’s not clear whether the company knowingly used the symbol of the gang or whether it was a mistake.

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15 Comments to “Urban Outfitters unveils shirt with symbol of Chicago street gang sign”

    sps said:
    July 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Urban Outfitters can't be that naive. That gang symbol has been around longer than Urban Outfitters!

    guest said:
    July 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    So does that mean the Star of David is a gang symbol too? Calm down people…this is completely coincidental.

      guest said:
      July 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      It doesn't really matter whether it's a coincidence or not. If you buy and wear the shirt, you are sporting a recognizable gang symbol. Depending on where you wear it, you may suffer some consequences because you are believed to be affiliated with the gang.

    Truthdude said:
    July 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    No worries, it is a pretty ugly shirt anyway and won't sell. If it does you'll see it around Lincoln Park and Arlington Heights versus where people actually know what it means ;-)

      sps said:
      July 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Chicago is famous for the Gangster Disciples and they will wear the shirt!!!! Trust me when i say this that if its seen around Lincoln Park and Arlington Heights someone will surely get hurt.

    John said:
    July 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    If gangsters want a shirt with a pitchfork on it, they can have one made cheaper than buying this name brand one. Don't let fear cause you to succumb to government censorship. Gang symbol or not, I don't want the long arm of the government telling us what we can wear!!

      sps said:
      July 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Buying a cheaper shirt has nothing to do with it because i'm sure they make more money than you.

      guest said:
      July 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      The government isn't telling you or anyone else what to wear, and it's not a censorship issue.
      The government is not involved. If Urban Outfitters really wants to appear coy about having a gang affiliation, the Fashion Police will step in, but they can't enforce anything, and have no government ties. If you have no fear of wearing this shirt, you are free to make your fashion statement!

    Faith said:
    July 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Imo, they did it on purpose to create controversy and attention. Controversy always sells a product. Remember, the name of the game is Money.

    kyle said:
    July 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    well its not listed on their site anymore

    sps said:
    July 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I'm really surprised the "Gangster Disciples" or their rivals haven't been to the store and purchased all those shirts.

      guest said:
      July 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      purchased? Those idiots would steal them off the racks!

    joe said:
    July 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Let's see how many people die wearing them.

    Hal said:
    July 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    They might as well wear a target on their back, they are asking for trouble if they wear those type of clothes.

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    April 17, 2014 at 9:58 AM

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