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article imageUrban Outfitters use of the Ranger scroll seen as disrespectful

By Stan Rezaee     Sep 3, 2013 in Lifestyle
A vest being sold by Urban Outfitters has caused outrage among American military community for the use of the Ranger scroll (the insignia of the 75th Ranger Regiment).
The clothing item is the Standard Cloth Patches Blue Vest, a denim vest in woven cotton that features a patch of the 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) and a Ranger scroll.
The controversy is rooted in what many see as Urban Outfitters having disrespected the honor of those who serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment by degrading the Ranger scroll into a fashion statement. The military community believes that to have a Ranger scroll one needs to earn it through hard work and making the ultimate sacrifice.
The story was first reported by Guardian of Valor, an online publication devoted outing individuals who falsely claim military service, and has since been picked up by multiple military blogs and news outlets.
After the story broke, many have vented their outrage on the companies Facebook page while also demanding the item to be removed.
Urban Outfitters has responded to the outrage by removing the item from their online store and posting an apology that stated: It is never Urban Outfitters' intention to offend our customers. We respect the military and value our nation's veterans and those in active duty. Although the use of military insignias is common practice within fashion industry trends, we understand your concerns and will remove the Standard Cloth Patches Blue Vest from our website.
This is not the first time Urban Outfitters has sold items that has caused a firestorm of controversy. The company has been forced to remove merchandise for being racially or culturally offensive while having been accused of plagiarizing local styles.
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