H&M Removes Controversial Star of David Skull Tee
Posted Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
Fashion and religion rarely play nicely and H&M learned not to tread on sacred ground after introducing a skull t-shirt with the Star of David emblazoned across the front.
Following a slew of complaints, the Swedish retailer promptly removed the offensive item from their shelves and issued a statement of regret.
A company spokesperson explained, “Please accept our most sincere apologies that this has caused offense. We understand the criticism and in response to this have decided to remove the T-shirt from all stores with immediate effect.”
Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust told London’s Jewish Chronicle, “The assumption is that the designer and H&M did not mean to offend Jews. Nevertheless, fashion statements can work in diverse ways and if you randomly saw somebody wearing this in the street, then you might well believe it to be anti-Semitic and purchased from a neo-Nazi website or similar. It is for H&M to decide if they care about such things, but would they risk such reactions with a Christian crucifix or a Muslim crescent?”
Photo Credit: Eylon Aslan-Levy