A Tennessee hat shop is taking heat after unveiling an anti-vaccine patch modeled on the yellow star forced on Jews during the Holocaust, with observers online rejecting the comparison as wildly offensive.
The store, hatWRKS, took to Instagram on Friday to promote the new item, which carries the words “Not vaccinated” and is designed around the Nazis’ infamous ‘Juden’ star, perhaps one of the most widely known symbols of the Holocaust.
While the post has since been deleted, screenshots quickly made the rounds online, prompting a torrent of condemnation for the shop and its owner, Gigi Gaskins, who was apparently featured in the Instagram missive sporting the yellow patch. Some even called for a boycott.
Tennessee Shop Selling Not Vaccinated Holocaust Yellow Stars
This horrific person is Gigi Gaskins.
She believes that selling Stars of David with "Not Vaccinated" is somehow entertaining.
While it is her right, it's also our right to express our disdain pic.twitter.com/oMo85uoMgP
— Michael, The Pettiest of Princes (@INTLmischief) May 28, 2021
That’s a nice business you have there.
Be a real shame if everyone boycotted it.
— MaTT FLaMMaBLe (@MaTTFLaMMaBLe) May 28, 2021
This is one of the most disgusting displays I have ever seen. It ranks right up there with "Camp Auschwitz" T-shirts. I almost never wish anyone ill, but I sincerely hope this bankrupts you.
— Tia Will (@medwoman1) May 28, 2021
On Gaskins’ personal Facebook page, an image of one of the patches remained live as of Friday night – though the store owner appeared to have swapped out the photo for another profile picture after reports on the hot-button item began to circulate.
Hitting back at critics, the hatWRKS Instagram page posted a follow-up later on Friday, saying “People are so outraged by my post… but are you outraged with the tyranny the world is experiencing?” – presumably referring to government restrictions imposed through the Covid-19 pandemic.
I pay much more respect to history by standing up with the fallen than offering silence & compliance.
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