NEWS FLASH: Urban Outfitters has done something horrible and offensive.
UO does horrible, offensive things all the time; take a look if you don’t believe me. This time, though, it’s personal.
That kid up there, Bill Schroeder, was killed at Kent State. He was a friend of my father’s. They were in ROTC together. If it hadn’t been for a single meaningless choice, a roll of the dice, it could’ve been my dad instead of him.
I will give a free digital comic to ANYONE who publicly pledges to boycott UO and its subsidiary brands, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, and Terrain.
They’re not selling the shirt anymore, and they’ve apologized (unconvincingly). The next group of people they dehumanize might not happen to include me. But it’s a sure bet they’re going to keep on being a moral cesspool. The best thing you and I can do, as far as I can figure it, is not shop there, and tell other people not to shop there.
Here’s some info about the comic you’ll get. You can pledge here by reblogging, you can tweet @kwirick, or you can pledge on Facebook. I’ll send you the discount code.
Urban Outfitters made Bill Schroeder a joke. I want to introduce you to him as a person.
You don’t need to give me a free comic, I’ve never been in any of those stores anyway.
But this is a good time to introduce my followers to Katherine’s work, she is an awesome comic artist who writes about important historical subjects, like the Kent State massacre. Check her out.