A hat store in Nashville, Tennessee, that reportedly sold “Unvaccinated” badges that resembled the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis, removed a post promoting the item, after extensive criticism. online.
Post now deleted on an Instagram account for hatWRKS He showed a smiling woman touching the front of her shirt, which was patched, with the caption: “The patches are here !!”
The post said the patches cost $ 5 each and have a “strong adhesive back.” HatWRKS said it would be “offering trucker caps soon.”
As reported by the Tennessean, social media users reacted with the hashtag #HateWorks, calling the patch anti-Semitic and “disgusting.” The Instagram post generated “thousands of comments,” the newspaper said.
Those reports echoed the controversy this week over comments by Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right Republican congresswoman from Georgia who compared measures to mitigate the transmission of Covid-19 to Nazi repression of Jews.
Resistance to vaccines, mask mandates, and other public health measures has been a hallmark of the pandemic in the U.S. The Biden administration said this week that 50% of American adults were now fully vaccinated, but among Republicans in particular, vaccine resistance has spread.
Attempts to contact hatWRKS for comment were not immediately successful.
High-profile figures were among those who attacked the online store.
A former US ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder, remarked: “When I was a young schoolgirl in Holland, the Nazis forced my mother to wear a yellow star to identify her as Jewish. It is beyond grotesque to sell this evil symbol to proclaim one [is] not vaccinated. Where does this end?
Actor W Earl Brown commented: “I am ashamed to know that I have given business to these people in the past; I have sent people there. This is vile and repulsive. They tout that they are proud of ‘Stand Up Against Tyranny’. Well I’m proud to say LET’S FUCK YOU. I’ll buy my chapeaus elsewhere. “
Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, a CNN analyst, saying: “I like to think that such stupidity, insensitivity and ignorance in America cannot be commonplace. It is real.”
The store defended its decision.
A new Instagram message saying “People are so outraged by my post,” but asked, “Are you outraged at the tyranny the world is experiencing? If you don’t understand what’s going on, that’s up to you, not mine. I pay much more respect to history by facing the fallen than by offering silence and submission. That is the worst crime. “
Many on the right in the United States are opposed to so-called “vaccine passports” or any measure by which proof of vaccination is required to travel or enter stores or places.
Another hatWRKS post set the belief that as the US emerges from the Covid pandemic, people will not be allowed to go about their daily activities “unless they show their papers.”
“At the very least, all unvaccinated people will be segregated from society, marked and must wear a mask. What comes next? … Much of this is happening right now. A historical parallel must be drawn with fascism. We can only fight not to relive history. “
On Saturday, the hatWRKS Instagram account also contained a post quoting David Icke, a former British professional footballer who became a prominent peddler of conspiracy theories, some of them anti-Semitic. Last year, Icke was suspended from Twitter for sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism