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Urban Outfitters has decided that it will not carry The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things by the female interest component of Gawker Media, Jezebel. It's not because of the subject matter, or the fact that the book is or is not relevant to Urban's consumer base. It's because—sorry to say—the retailer's feelings were hurt after countless Jezebel snarks, according to Confidenti@l. Nick Denton, Gawker founder and grand poobah, offered this statement regarding the matter. "Urban Outfitters should realize that criticism from the women of Jezebel is a rite of passage."
The retailer carried Jezebel's previous book, Pot Psychology's How to Be: Lowbrow Advice From High People. Those less-than-favorable blog posts on the site include, "What's Wrong With Urban Outfitters?," "Urban Outfitters Really Doesn't Want You to Know About Its Bed Bug Problem," "Can Urban Outfitters Save Itself? Maybe" and "Navajo Nation Sues Urban Outfitters Over the Navajo Hipster Panty." So.
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