Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling its children’s stripped “Sheriff” shirt. The shirt has been criticized for its resemblance to Jewish concentration camp unfirms worn by inmates.
Zara said the garment was inspired by “the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films.” The word “Sheriff” is on the star, in transparent letters.
“We honestly apologize,” Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets. The shirt was removed from the website and is being pulled from stores; the company says remaining items will be destroyed. According to a press release from Zara’s parent company, Inditex. It was on sale for just a few hours before the company pulled it “due to the potential similarity with the Star of David,” the company said.
This is not the first time Zara has been accused for selling something that was anti-Semitic; back in 2007 they were forced to remove a handbag with swastikas on it. The bag had been produced in Asia, however, where the symbol also carries ancient cultural significance.