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ScandaList: Urban Outfitters and Richard Hayne May 29th, 2011
ScandaList: Urban Outfitters and Richard Hayne

We’ve never added an entire corporation to our ScandaList before, but hey, there’s a first time for everything.

Urban Outfitters was recently exposed to lifting not just the jewelry design, but even the brand name and text-copy of an independent designer who sells on etsy.com. The line is called “The World/United States of Love” and features various sterling silver charms of countries and/or states with a tiny heart punched out of it. The real kicker? Apparently Urban Outfitters has a long history of ripping off independent artists.

Trust me, there was more than enough reason to hate Urban before – or, rather, its founder, Richard Hayne, who we’re adding to this post as well. Hayne and his wife have contributed over $13,000 to fellow ScandaList member and Republican former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, whose extremely anti-gay statements have been floating around since 2003, but have recently gotten the attention of Miley Cyrus.

While I haven’t been able to locate the direct quote Cyrus uses in her tweet, Santorum’s gone on record saying more than enough unfounded and uneducated things about LGBT people/marriage equality.

In a lengthy article published byPhiladelphia Weekly, we learn that Hayne’s contributions to Santorum aren’t just privately made.

“When PW asks Hayne about his financial support of Santorum, he initially denies it. And when presented with a computer printout of Santorum’s campaign donors from the Center for Responsive Politics website–which cites a $4,650 contribution from Urban Outfitters–he responds: “I’ll have to look into this. I don’t think this is right.” In fact, he and his wife have contributed $13,150 to Santorum and Santorum’s Political Action Committee over the years.”

~ Philadelphia Weekly

Richard Hayne wasn’t always such a dick – as the PW article goes on to say, Hayne started out as a long haired, Vietnam protesting liberal, but got lost somewhere along the way.

Why should we care about all this? Well, the answer is simple – pretty much ALL of Dick’s fortune is tied to Urban Outfitters. The money you spend on purchasing your alternative clothing at any of the chains (which include Free People and Anthropologie) goes right to the pockets of an extremely conservative businessman who supports politicians such as Rick Santorum.

So, readers, do your part and stop shopping at Hayne’s stores (not Hanes stores. As far as I know they don’t have a problem with the LGBT community). I’m just as guilty of buying “trendy,” “vintage” mass-produced clothing from Urban as the next person, but after learning all this about their giving practices, I’m sticking to thrift stores. Yes, it may be a little more difficult to find those items I’m looking for, but I’ll end up saving money and guarantee that my dollars don’t end up supporting individuals who want to limit my rights as a human being because of the person I love.

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