Those offended by the use of the symbol have spoken out against its use. Even Dr. Dvir Abramovich, the chair of the Anti-defamation Comission has weighed in, saying, “I am outraged and shocked that any company would seek to profit from selling such reprehensible items. The swastika does not represent the LGBTI community, whose members were the victims of Hitler’s evil regime. And no, it cannot be rebranded as a symbol of peace”
He went on to say, “KA’s naïve, and in many ways, selfish attitude shows a staggering lack of concern for the feelings of those who survived the Holocaust and those who lost relatives to the monstrous deeds of the Third Reich.” He also added that the prevelence of neo-Nazis makes the swastika even more negatively charged, saying, “White supremacists are proud to frequently deploy the swastika as a weapon to harass and victimise Jewish communities and minorities.”
Twitter users were also outraged, using the hashtag #BoycottTeespring to show their distaste for the company’s choice.
A Controversial Choice
Wherever your political views align, most agree that this was a controversial choice on Teespring’s part.
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