A depiction of a drunk Jesus is the latest offering from controversial apparel store Urban Outfitters.
Their outlet in the Huntington Mall on Long Island was prominently displaying the “Drunk Jesus” t-shirt on Saturday in their male apparel section.
The t-shirt depicts a boozy Jesus surrounded by a halo, grinning and grasping a full beer glass with a four leaf clover in it and the words “Jesus, I’m drunk.”
The shirt is not among the product lines shown on the Urban Outfitters website, which features a number of other drunk-themed t-shirts, hats and accessories.
This is not the first time Urban Outfitters, who have also been sued by American Indians for their use of stereotypes, has got the Irish up of many Irish Americans.
As well as selling various St. Patrick’s Day themed products in their stores, there is also a designated “St. Patrick’s Day shop” on their website which sells over 30 items such as “Leprechaun Piss” and a “Kiss me I’m drunk, or Irish, or whatever” t-shirt. A hat with the slogan, “Irish Yoga: downward facing upchuck,” featuring an inebriated stick figure vomiting shamrocks, is also on sale.
The company CEO Richard Hayne was recently named in Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $1.8 billion and has been supportive of gay equality issues.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, America’s largest Irish organization, has strongly protested against the use of such stereotypes this St.Patrick’s season.
Spencer’s stores have been a particular target. The Ancient Order of Hibernians has called on them to immediately cease the sale of denigrating and defaming merchandise targeting Irish Americans.
AOH National President Brendan Moore told IrishCentral that the campaign had the highest priority. "No other ethnic group would stand for this type of vulgar and ignorant stereotyping," he said. "Spencer's have gone too far."
The AOH, an Irish Catholic fraternal organization founded in 1836, drew particular attention to a t-shirt on the company’s site with the slogan “F*** me I’m Irish.” The AOH is calling on their “40,000 members, their families, the Irish American community and our fellow Americans of all ethnicities to send a clear message to Spencer’s that there is no room in the America of the 21st century for the bigoted Thomas Nast stereotypes of the 19th.”
In a statement they said, “We feel [this] sends a clear and unequivocal message on Spencer’s view of Irish Americans, their heritage and culture.”