Well, one of Zara's children's shirts wasn't on shelves for very long.
The retailer pulled a striped pajama shirt with a yellow star on it hours after it went online today, following customer complaints that the shirt resembled concentration camp uniforms, reports the Huffington Post.
The shirt, made in Turkey, was previously sold on Zara's Albanian, French, Israeli and Swedish online stores. A link to the shirt now displays a message saying the item is no longer available, and redirects customers to a white and blue striped children's shirt with "bien" on the front.
"The design of the T-shirt was only inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films." a spokesperson told the Huffington Post, which was also tweeted out by Zara several times in different languages.
The apology and decision to pull the garment from stores come after backlash, including comments from customers criticizing the retailer posted on Zara's Facebook page.
"Sick twisted company. Never been inside their store - their clothes are vile and cheap," one wrote.
Another wrote: "Do you deliberately hire moronic designers or only anti-semitic designers? Perhaps both? Cuz I wasn't sure....."
This isn't the first time Zara has been under fire for what was seen as controversial, insensitive items. In 2007, the retailer was forced to pull bags embroidered with Nazi-style swastikas after a rush of complaints. Zara issued a statement then, saying they "did not realize Swastikas appeared on some of these bags, the swastika was not on the bag which was sourced by us after being supplied by an external producer" and that they "apologize to anyone who was offended by the bag, and we will be withdrawing it from all our stores."
[via Daily Mail]