Emmy Rossum slams Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters for alleged racial profiling

Emmy Rossum probably won’t be shopping at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters or Free People anymore.

After fashion watchdog Instagram account Diet Prada compiled comments from former Anthropologie employees alleging that the company uses a code word to flag black shoppers for surveillance, the “Shameless” star spoke out on social media.

“Hey @Anthropologie. Your policy of racial profiling is disgusting,” Rossum, 33, tweeted on Wednesday. “Your employees (US and Canada) tell stories about the codename “nick” they were directed to use when forced to profile black customers. The time for tranparency [sic],  apology and CHANGE is NOW.”

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When one of the actress’ followers alerted her that Urban Outfitters and Free People belong to the same parent company, URBN, Rossum called out those retailers as well, saying she regrets supporting them during her eight-year run on Showtime series “Shameless.”

“Also @UrbanOutfitters and @FreePeople — I am now sorry that I wore so many of your stupid bralets in Shameless,” she tweeted. “I’m disgusted by your culture.”

Anthropologie appeared to respond to the allegations on Instagram Thursday. “You may have seen that we have been challenged to be more transparent, unbiased, and fair in our stores and with our business practices,” the post began.

“Regarding allegations of racial profiling, we have never and will never have a code word based on a customer’s race or ethnicity. Our company has a zero-tolerance policy regarding discrimination or racial profiling in any form. Employees who do not adhere to this policy are subject to disciplinary action which may include termination.”

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Last week, Urban Outfitters shared an Instagram post in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. “To Our UO Community: You deserve better, and we commit to doing better,” it began.

The brand also promised to hire a “more diverse workforce” and “create a culture that values and respects anti-racism.” UO also pledged a $100,000 donation to UNCF, and to match employees’ donations to a number of other racial justice organizations.

Neither URBN nor Urban Outfitters immediately responded to Page Six Style’s request for comment.

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