Fashion giant Zara pulled a children’s shirt from its stores after customers complained that the striped pajama top with a yellow star resembled Holocaust prison garb.
Zara apologized, saying it was meant to be a sheriff shirt for toddlers, inspired by Classic Western films, and will be “exterminated.”
The item was produced in Turkey and was available in Zara’s Israeli, French, Albanian, and Swedish online stores.
The company has also apologized on Twitter, and the garment is no longer viewable online.
Zara’s Israeli office also offered a public apology:
“The item in question, part of the Cowboy Collection for babies, was inspired by the character of the sheriff in Wild West movies. The word ‘Sheriff’ is visible on the star at the front of the item. Nevertheless, we can understand the sensitive context and connotation that was created.
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.”
The exact Hebrew word translated into “exterminated” is “ויושמדו”, pronounced hashmada, which unfortunately happens to be the exact word used to describe the Nazi genocidal practices… Keep it classy, Zara.