Spanish clothing retailer Zara has pulled a striped shirt featuring a yellow star Wednesday over backlash from social media users, comparing it to the clothing worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during the Second World War.
The blue and white striped shirt aimed at children aged three months to three years old, featured a six-point yellow star on the front left side. The star had the word “sheriff” written on it, but was not clearly visible on the clothing chain’s website.
A spokesperson with the retailer told the Jerusalem Post the tee shirt “has already been withdrawn,” and had no connection to the Second World War.
“It has nothing to do with the Second World War or whatever. The inspiration had to do with the old classic western movies. Obviously we are very attentive to the sensitivity of our customers. We made a mistake in this case,” the spokesperson said.
Angry social media users took to twitter to question Zara’s decision-making process over the shirt.
— Nathalie Rothschild (@n_rothschild) August 27, 2014
@zh1nt0 We honestly apologize, the T Shirt was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores
— ZARA (@ZARA) August 27, 2014
@ZARA I would like to know how many employees Approved this design and production?And you tell me not a single person noticed?
— cameron kane (@mcamk) August 27, 2014
@zara How does a design like that get approved? Honestly, I'm curious…
— Kim Goldreich (@KimGoldreich) August 27, 2014
This is not the first time the chain has been accused of being insensitive towards holocaust issues. In 2007, Zara removed a handbag decorated with swastikas from its stores and drew immediate apologies from company executives.
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