WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – International fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling a blue and white striped shirt with a six-pointed yellow star on the chest for children, resembling the Star of David badges that Jews had to wear during the Holocaust.
The shirt, which was being sold for toddler boys, was identified on Zara’s website as a “striped sheriff t-shirt.” The yellow star features the word sheriff cut out in small letters. Critics felt the stripes of the shirt were similar to the uniforms worn in concentration camps during World War II.
People on social media took offense to the shirt, citing that the shirt is offensive to Jews and called it anti-Semitic.
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Stock of the shirt has been removed from its warehouses and the company plans to destroy it. The shirt was offered on Zara’s French, Albanian, U.K. and Swedish websites.
“We express our sincere apologies for any hurt to our customers’ feelings,” the company said in a statement, according to JTA.
Zara explained in a series of tweets on Twitter that the shirt was inspired by “Classic Western Films.”