Trash Urban Outfitters Catalog Over Lesbian Kiss, Urge Moms


One Million Moms, the group who previously attacked JC Penney and Toys ‘R’ Us over their gay advocacy, has now taken umbrage over Urban Outfitters having two models engaged in a lesbian kiss in the chain’s April catalog.

Writes the Mom(s) in a release:

WARNING! The April 2012 catalog from Urban Outfitters has begun arriving in home mailboxes the last couple of days. On page two of this catalog is a picture of two women kissing in a face holding embrace! The ad and catalog are clearly geared toward teenagers.

Oh calamity of calamities, how could Urban Outfitters be so evil? They continue:

Before your child has a chance to read the newest Urban Outfitters…

Which is surely code for: “Before your innocent child manages to set eyes on this wanton display of lesbianism and is infected by the same-sex attraction cooties!!!”

… call to unsubscribe from their mailing list at 1-800-282-2200, and then throw it away.

I’m glad they didn’t say burn it though. Responsible ignorance, that’s what I like to see.

When you call be sure to let them know why you are unsubscribing. Tell them you will also no longer shop at their stores if you hear this type of advertising continues.

Yes, because we can all remember how well their boycotting Toys ‘R’ Us over Archie Comics and their hate campaign against Ellen’s JC Penney affiliation went. Very successful. Oh wait, best selling Archie Comics edition ever.

The content is offensive and inappropriate for a teen who is the company’s target customer.

Poor sentence construction aside, I can’t help but feel this is all a bit lame. Their call to action reads:

Please send an email letter urging Urban Outfitters to discontinue this ad and immediately stop the circulation of the catalog with the two women kissing or you will make a conscious effort to shop elsewhere.

Though if you end up in there unconscious it’s all good.

Also, suggest they refrain from using this type of advertising in the future. An apology statement from the company for sending an offensive catalog to people’s homes would be appropriate and appreciated by customers and families as well.

I expected the Moms to at least trot out a lie about how this might be “sexually confusing” for teens, but apart from using the word “offensive” a lot — and never proving why it is offensive — they’re giving us squat. It’s like they’re offended but they’re not quite sure why; they know they think lesbians are bad, but then this pair (as seen in the catalog) are just so darned pretty the Moms are all confused:


urban outfitters lesbian kiss

As a final thought, I would have supported a campaign against those shoes. They look painful.


Related Reading:

Success! Ellen Foes Abandon JC Penney Attack

Gay Marriage Archie Comic Sells Out Despite Attacks

One Million Moms Wants Gay Marriage Archie Comic Removed from Toys ‘R’ Us


Image capped from Urban Outfitters catalog under Fair Use terms, no infringement intended.


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

I dream of a day when a picture like the one above, will be as ordinary as one of tree.As for Million Moms: Isn't it ime you stopped lying about your member base?

Anita Wischhusen
Anita Wisch5 years ago

They should be called "million mindless moronic moms". Most things they try to "ban", just gives their cause press, and the "good people" reach out and support the opposite cause! You see how well it worked to try to get JC Penny to drop Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson. It just rallied the troops, and we went out and showed what kind of purchase power we had. Million moms, gave up, and left with their tails between their legs.... Losers!

Nancy L.
Nancy L5 years ago

Lame photo anyway.

Miles Foster5 years ago

So go ahead and ban the catalogue, ‘Million’ Moms, it will only make your children more eager to see it.

Miles Foster5 years ago

This chaste and charming image may have been prompted by commercial considerations but it sends a far more positive message than the so-called Million Moms’ diatribe of fear and hatred. Next up, two guys kissing?

In a perfect world a photograph like this would hardly raise remark. But while we work on that, such images help create a much-needed space in which we can all explore and express our sexuality in freedom and safety – like the young women who turn on the girl-on-girl flirtation in the nightclub to be cool, or sexy or merely playful. They are not just pandering to their boyfriends’ fantasies; some at least are actually exploring their own sexuality. As the song says, I kissed a girl and I LIKED it! And that’s just what a Million Moms is afraid of; that some of their own children might actually be empowered by this catalogue. I have seen the suffering it causes to place barriers in the way of a person’s sexual and emotional fulfilment and it has been the cause of many a teenage suicide. On the other hand I have at least two formerly straight female friends who would have missed out on a great deal of happiness if they had not been open to the possibility of falling in love with another woman. I have one of their wedding photos on my kitchen wall – a very similar pose to the one above – and it has never caused offence to anyone.

So go ahead and ban the catalogue, ‘Million’ Moms, it will only make your children more ea

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

More kissing less gay bashing less war and less violence and hatred.

Jules S.
juliana S5 years ago

pure silliness. i agree they need to clean up their own hateful lives...

Stefanie D.
Stefanie D.5 years ago

not fake... it is even on UO's online catalog too:

see second row, second photo:

this one:$lookbookLg$

Jennifer M.
Jennifer M5 years ago

Those women need to get a damn life and stay out of everyone else's.

Bridget smith
Bridget smith5 years ago

This is for a clothing magazine? Hmmm. They don't match, the scene doesnt match and the girls don't look like they are into it. I call hoax.