The Spanish clothing store Zara has issued an apology for selling a child outfit that strongly resembles a Holocaust concentration camp uniform, complete with the yellow Star of David.
The shirt, which was dubbed “Sheriff” and was said to be inspired by sheriff stars in classic Western movies, was sold in countries such as the U.K., France, Sweden, Denmark, and even Israel. After the sale of the shirt garnered significant social media backlash for the clothing chain, Zara’s parent company Inditex removed the shirt from the market.
“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 apologise sincerely for any offence caused to our customers,” Inditex said in a statement, according to Forbes.
This is not Zara’s first controversy regarding anti-Semitic and offensive imagery. In 2007, the chain withdrew a handbag from its stores that included a swastika in its design.