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Urban Outfitters Manages to Make Shampoo Offensive

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Over its history, Urban Outfitters has managed to offend with all sorts of innocuous products, from socks emblazoned with Hindu god Lord Ganesh to underwear with "Navajo" patterns.

But leave it to UO to sell a shampoo that's so offensive it sparks a social media backlash. Mashable reports that Urban Outfitters pulled Anatomicals Peachy Head shampoo from its shelves in the UK — the product's tagline is "Peach Shampoo for Suicidal Hair."

Even worse, the Peachy Head name is a play on Beachy Head, one of the most notorious suicide spots in Britain. Yikes. Shoppers weren't amused, tweeting statements like, "What makes you think puns about suicide are okay? Especially among teenagers. Absolutely shameful."

"Although the product’s name is a humorous attempt to market a shampoo for hard-to-manage hair, we reevaluated and felt it was not appropriate and it was pulled from the Urban Outfitters website," an Urban Outfitters rep said in a statement to Mashable. "We have instructed all of our UK stores to remove the product immediately."

Photo: Anatomicals