Urban Outfitters are no longer the only clothing retailer under fire for stupid sartorial Holocaust references: fashion company Zara has gotten into an online brouhaha today over a striped children’s shirt featuring an emblem that looks a whole lot like a yellow Star of David.
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— Danny Hakim (@dannyhakim) August 27, 2014
The shirt, which retailed for $79, was supposed to have a "sheriff" theme (it has since been removed from the company's website). After 972Mag shined a spotlight on it, online furor grew over the similarity to the uniform Nazis made Jewish people wear during WWII.
"The mentioned T-shirt is no longer on sale in our stores," the company said in a statement this morning. "The design of the T-shirt was only inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films, as the claim of the T-shirt says." People were particularly outraged because this isn't the first time Zara's has gotten in trouble for questionable taste: in 2007, they apologized and withdrew a handbag from stores after a customer pointed out that the design featured swastikas.
Anyway, at least the company can put this SNAFU behind them and not make it any worse—oh wait. "The item does not exist in Israel and as soon as the issue became clear, it was decided the product will be removed from shelves across the world and exterminated," a spokesman said, according to 972 Mag.