Spanish clothing retailer Zara yanked a shirt from its shelves after complaints that it too closely resembled the uniforms Holocaust victims were forced to wear while imprisoned in concentration camps.
Zara has apologized for a children’s shirt that features navy blue and white horizontal stripes with a six-pointed yellow star on the upper left embossed faintly with the word “sheriff,” The Blaze reported.
Zara told the International Business Times that the shirt had been yanked from shelves.
“We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores,” a spokesperson said.
Several news sites reported that the shirt, which was also sold in Israel, was manufactured in Turkey. The Jewish Press reported Zara’s sale of the shirt appeared to be “an ugly, sly swipe at Jewish Holocaust survivors.”
“To survivors of the Holocaust and their relatives and friends in Israel, that message is crystal clear,” the Jewish Press said. “Obviously, the company needs a buyer who understands multiculturalism a bit better.”
Zara faced backlash in 2007 when it withdrew a handbag from shelves after it was found to have swastikas on it.