Zara Apologises For Selling Striped “Star Of David” Children’s T-Shirt
The clothing retailer apologises for a design that looks like the uniform Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.
Alan White; BuzzFeed; Aug. 27, 2014
“Zara said the garment, advertised online as a striped ‘sheriff’ T-shirt, was inspired by ‘the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films.’
“‘We honestly apologize,’ Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets…”
I understand that everyone makes mistakes. I’ve made perhaps one or two comments, decisions, or jokes that may have offended or pissed off people.
But there was also this:
Just a play on words – or racially offensive? Zara comes under fire for selling ‘white is the new black’ T-shirt
By Margot Peppers for MailOnline;14 August 2014
Zara bosses forced to withdraw ‘Swastika’ handbags from shelves
Mail Online; 18 September 2007
“A bag embroidered with Nazi-style swastikas was withdrawn by fashion store Zara today after a rush of complaints..”
Photo: Kent News
Friedrich Nietzsche, who died in 1900, is credited by some with being a prophet of the 20th century. Many of his ideas are (somewhat unfairly) regarded as anti-Semitic. Regardless of intent, he was surely an inspiration for Hitler’s ideas. In his Thus Spoke Zarathustra, for example, he talks about the concept of slave morality that was essential to his thought. Elsewhere, he identifies Judaic thought as a major culprit in its detrimental development.
In the face of all this unwelcome publicity, a Zara spokesman had this to say in an interview with Arianna Huffington:
“We erred big time, and to ensure that there are no prejudiced employees or misconstrued actions, our final solution will be a mandatory sensitivity training course for all employees. Yeah, they’ll have to put with all that faggy bullshit that’s bound to go on, but that shows how serious we take this. Why are you looking at me funny? Because I said ‘faggy’? Oh, Jesus Christ. Like fags pay any attention to fashion news.”