Urban Outfitters are now selling weight loss products and people are fuming
14 January 2019, 15:45
"Shame on you for perpetuating body shaming on young kids."
Here we go again, another weight loss tea – yawn. But, surprisingly, it's not being pushed by a Kardashian-Jenners today. Urban Outfitters are now selling weight loss teas and supplements, and considering the global company kits out so many teens, people are appalled.
The US clothing brand posted photos of various supplements on their Instagram Story, captioned: "It's not too late to start your New Year resolution." Further pushing January's toxic diet culture upon us, one Story included the Flat Tummy Tea "cleanse" with the title,"Tummy Trouble? Try these."
Now, we all know the real tea on Flat Tummy Tea. The concoction contains senna, a natural laxative made from the leaves and fruit of the senna plant. The product promoted by Urban Outfitters claims to "traditionally cleanse your system"... basically, clear your schedule because one sip of tea and you're on the toilet.
Of course, Jameela Jamil called them out. The Good Place actress created the I Weigh movement in an effort to promote body positivity and she often speaks out on the dangers of celebrity diet culture.
"Urban outfitters now selling laxatives," she tweeted. "This advert should say, 'Do you want tummy trouble? Would you like to shit fire?' Disappointing @UrbanOutfitters you have a very young customer fan base. To the Bad Place you go."
Urban outfitters now selling laxatives. This advert should say “Do you want tummy trouble?” “Would you like to shit fire?” Disappointing @UrbanOutfitters you have a very young customer fan base. 👎🏽 To the Bad Place you go. 👎🏽 pic.twitter.com/fjMqxDKiOf— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) January 13, 2019
Soon hundreds of fans were slaughtering the brand and threatening to never shop there again.
Well congratulations @UrbanOutfitters next time I’m buying gift cards they won’t include your store. Shame on you for perpetuating body shaming on young kids.— Rose (@badwlf910) January 13, 2019
"how can we profit from young girl's insecurities even more"— KATIE🔮 (@cockyhorror) January 13, 2019
A few years back they got a lot of flack for selling a shirt that just said “eat less”. Are also known to steal from artists/designers in marginalized communities and profit off them w little to no consequence. They’re like, the main retailer in the bad place imo— scout (@scoutroux) January 13, 2019
As fucking IF urban outfitters are selling laxatives as a way of weight loss, whether their consumer base consists of teenagers or not is irrelevant, pushing forward the idea that ‘skinny’ = perfect can be immensely triggering. What a disappointment https://t.co/R2AHo4Bbjy— Paige Tate (@Paige__Tate) January 14, 2019
Fail @UrbanOutfitters. Gone sheepishly quiet to all these responses haven’t you? @jameelajamil has hit the nail on the head here so don’t try the ‘they’re aimed at adults’ reply. You know who you’re aiming these at. Sick.— Katie (@seakittenone) January 13, 2019
Seeing as none of these "weight loss teas" work, they are literally jusy saying "hey pay us money to confirm you have body image issues"— Ivan Grozni (@ivanleegrozni) January 13, 2019
Y'all could just do a survey.
Urban Out-shitters— Jenni Dickens (@betty_boop_jd) January 13, 2019
@UrbanOutfitters have sold clothing promoting eating disorders, clothing that made light of the tragedy at Kent State, and frequently steal patterns from other artists AND other cultures. They’re trash and I can’t believe they haven’t been cancelled yet.— Sophie Ford (@hecticsophie) January 13, 2019