Urban Outfitters have come under fire from US Congressional leaders for selling a collection of controversial St. Patrick’s Day merchandise. A number of t-shirts, hats and accesories featuring slogans such as “Irish Yoga – Downward Facing Upchuck” (featured on a hat complete with the image of man vomiting shamrocks) and “Irish I Were Drunk”. Aside from promoting criminal puns, the US chain has been accused of fueling stereotypes that the Irish, and Irish-Americans are binge-drinking hooligans, most especially when a few floats roll into town.
What do you think? Do you believe that the merchandise is offensive and inaccurate, or a sadly apt reflection on the Irish come March 17th each year?
Image from Urban Outfitters