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.
* * * * *
Half a world away in Australia there’s no point in me boycotting a foreign company. So I bought the comic instead.
Highly recommended. UO’s puerile shock-tactics aside, you should read Katherine’s comic. The digital download is only $5. It’s a very moving piece of work; you can feel the cold rage and despair bubbling beneath it.
Support an artist, and in the process learn a little about the history of American militarisation. Hold on to your humanity. Good luck.
"May 4, 1970: Thirteen seconds of shooting, and four college students lie dead on the ground. David Wirick was a straight-arrow ROTC sophomore anticipating a career in the Army when National Guard soldiers shot and killed his classmate. In this graphic memoir, originally exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, I used a single huge page to bring to life my father’s eyewitness account of the killings at Kent State, a story that raises disquieting questions about American freedom and the abuse of power. But NO ONE IS SAFE is also a personal meditation on art, rage, and the end of childhood."