It’s official, the fashion industry has completely lost touch.
Fashion giant Zara has been forced to pull a children’s t-shirt that bares uncanny similarities to a concentration camp uniform.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Zara argues that the t-shirt for children up to a size 3 “was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films,” not what Jewish prisoners were forced to wear under Nazi occupation.
Image of a concentration camp uniform, image via the Jewish History Museum Tucson AZ.
Despite their intentions, the resemblance caused an immediate backlash on social media after Reddit users picked up on it. The t-shirt was pulled within hours of going on sale.
Zara’s management issued this statement:
“The item in question has now been removed from all Zara stores and Zara.com.
“The garment was inspired by the classic Western films, but we now recognise that the design could be seen as insensitive and we apologise sincerely for any offence caused to our customers.”
As one Twitter user pointed out, “[I’ve] never seen John Wayne wear blue and white stripe shirts.”
— Harvey Binnes (@_harveyb_) August 27, 2014