HatWRKS of Nashville posted a photo to Instagram on Friday announcing the sale of a Star of David patch that says “NOT VACCINATED,” according to CNN affiliates WZTV and WSMV. The post has since been abolished.
The caption on the message read: “the patches are here !! they turned out to be excellent. $ 5 each. strong adhesive back…. we will be offering trucker caps soon. “
CNN made multiple attempts to reach store owner Gigi Gaskins, but received no response.
Jews in Europe were legally forced to wear badges as early as the 13th century, according to the Holocaust Memorial Center. The Nazis resuscitated the practice, which facilitated the “separation of Jews from society and the subsequent ghettoization, which ultimately led to the deportation and murder of 6 million Jews,” the centre’s website says.
Western clothing maker Stetson announced on Saturday night that it was severing ties with the store.
Stetson announced his decision to stop selling his products to hatWRKS hours after he tweeted that he was investigating the complaints.
The hatWRKS website showed dozens of styles of Stetson hats for sale on Saturday night, many over $ 200.
Protesters react to the post
A group of protesters gathered outside the store on Saturday morning with signs reading “No Nazis in Nashville” and “Nashville condemns hatWRKS,” according to a WSMV video.
“We are here to protest the hatred and ignorance of what she is doing by selling yellow stars which are the symbol of the greatest atrocity the world has ever seen, namely the loss of 6 million people. humans, ”said Nashville resident Ron Rivlin. WSMV Saturday in front of the hat store.
“I think I understand what she was trying to do, but the way she did it was right, she doesn’t understand how offensive it is to the Jewish community and to everyone,” said Rivlin.
“It’s not a vaccine or an anti-vaccine. People are free to make their own decisions, ”added Rivlin. “The Jews had no choice whether to wear this star or not. They were forced to wear this star and it led to their eventual death, ”Rivlin said.
“It’s a terrible idea. It’s a terrible thing, ”Roger Abramson, a lawyer from Brentwood, Tennessee, told WSMV.
“There is no way you can reasonably associate choosing not to be vaccinated against Covid… and assuming that you are in the same place as a Jewish person in Nazi Germany,” Abramson said.
“To me, this is willful ignorance,” Abramson continued. “The information is available. People willfully ignore facts, information, and history because it doesn’t match what they want to believe or certain stories they have. “
Rabbi Laurie Rice, of the Micah Congregation in Brentwood, told WSMV on Friday that “the use of the yellow star or any image of the Holocaust for anything is really a disservice to the memory of the 6 millions of Jews who were systematically murdered during the Holocaust ”.
CNN’s Alta Spells contributed to this report.