Swastika Covered LGBT Pride Shirts Incite Internet Backlash
One clothing company sought to use swastikas as a sort of logo on a new line of LGBT pride shirts...
And the Internet was not having any of it!
Although the swastika was adopted as an icon of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, thousands of years ago, in Asia, it symbolized prosperity and good fortune.
Which is why KA Designs thought they'd help to 'reclaim' the symbol.
"They stigmatized the swastika. They won. They limited our freedom. Or maybe not? The swastika is coming back together with love, peace, respect and freedom."
“We really like the symbol in its shape and aesthetics, and we would love to share the beauty of this symbol detached from the hatred associated with it."
But sticking a symbol that to countless people conjures up images of murder and genocide, is perhaps not the best way to sell a t-shirt.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, of the Anti-defamation Commission said:
“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.
“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."
On Twitter, people were equally incensed:
Do you think the company was well intentioned?
Or was this all an ill-conceived marketing ploy?
Tell us what you think in the comments.