An Inclusive Litany

9/3/01

In response to a complaint about a shirt with a "CCCP" logo on it, Richard Hayne, president of the Urban Outfitter clothing chain, responded: "The shirt was supposed to represent the triumph of our system over the Soviet Union, not some nostalgic act of sympathy for Communism.... [A]s we developed the shirt, I came to realize that the great majority of our under-25 staff (and customer base) has no idea what CCCP stands for. I tried to give a very brief history lesson to our young staff on the Soviet social experiment and the devastation it created." Next up: educational "SS" T-shirts.

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