Zara Apologizes, Stops Selling Shirt That Looks Like a Holocaust Uniform
By Antoinette Bueno
Spanish fashion giant Zara is in trouble again.
After catching some heavy criticism for their t-shirt with the phrase "White Is the New Black" earlier this month, Zara has messed up again and stopped selling a children's shirt that some have likened to a Holocaust uniform.
The shirt in question has blue and white horizontal stripes and a six-pointed yellow star on the left side of the chest -- Nazi concentration camp uniforms had vertical stripes that were often times blue, and Jews were often forced to wear a six-pointed yellow star on the left side of the chest.
Zara's parent company Inditex also put out the following statement Wednesday:
Zara Kids has removed a children's t-shirt from its stores and website. The t-shirt withdrawn was inspired by the classic American Westerns and has been taken out of circulation due to the potential similarity with the Star of David that has been used as a yellow star patch. Zara has issued a heartfelt apology on its social network profiles.
The garment was available only for just a few hours and sales of the t-shirt have been marginal. The items will be reliably destroyed.
Inditex would like to reiterate its utmost respect for all cultures and religions. The Group is a Company where people from 180 nationalities work together representing all the cultures, races and religions of the modern world. Inditex is proud of its cultural diversity. In addition, respect and dignity feature among the principles which guide and define its corporate values. The Group condemns and rejects any form of discrimination.