Miley Cyrus vs Rick Santorum: Queering an Urban Outpost

Posted: May 28, 2011 in Bidness, Philebrity/Celebrity, Style
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Miley Cyrus  is jumping on the anti-Urban Outfitters bandwagon.  There’s already plenty of on-line animus toward the Philly-based company (just google “Urban Outfitters sucks”), but with her publicizing UO’s founder’s support of Rick Santorum there may be a serious backlash.  OMG!!!  WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR PHILLY HIPSTERS!?!? And who’s going to keep that cool cafeteria going down at the Navy Yard?!?!

UO’s founder apparently started out as an anti-establishment leftie, but his politics have come full circle.  (Interestingly, Judy Wicks is his ex-wife and UO co-founder who has mostly stayed true to her progressive business roots despite some accusations of union busting.)  But Richard Hayne is a true conservative (Philadelphia Weekly noted the true establishment ethic of the hipster chain way back in 2003) who has supported Rick Santorum and does not appear to support queer culture, despite his fashionably outfitting it.  Do trendy young people even really care about this sort of thing anymore?  I say just do the smart marketing thing and capitalize on the Santorum/UO relationship

(We also suspect that Rick might just be a queer fish as well...)

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