A hat shop in Nashville, Tennessee named “hatWRKS” is receiving intense blowback for selling “Not Vaccinated” patches that are intentionally reminiscent of the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. The establishment has now been dubbed “Hateworks” on social media.
“[P]atches are here!!” announced the shop on its Instagram account, captioned beneath an unidentified woman who was proudly and cluelessly modeling the hateful Nazi-era emblem. The patches were selling for $5 each and featured a “strong adhesive back.” They also proclaimed “we’ll be offering trucker caps soon.”
The post was later deleted after the hat shop was pummeled for the tasteless marketing ploy. Users on Twitter called for the store to be boycotted. Liberals and conservatives alike were enraged over the move.
Gigi Gaskins, the owner of “hatWRKS” has not apologized for the anti-Semitic faux pas. Instead, she doubled down on it in another post stating: “[I]f you don’t understand what is happening, that is on you, not me. [I] pay much more respect to history by standing up with the fallen than offering silence & compliance,” the statement declared. “[T]hat is the worse [sic] crime. [I]t was then & is now. [I] will delete your disgust and hope you put it where it belongs.”
This utterly repulsive shop in #Tennessee is selling ‘not vaccinated’ yellow stars, desecrating the memory of all victims of the Holocaust. It should be shut down immediately. #Antisemitism pic.twitter.com/RhqP4KDHKD
— Brendan May (@bmay) May 28, 2021
“Using the yellow star, or any holocaust imagery for anything is a disservice to the memory of the 6 million Jews who were systematically murdered during the Holocaust,” Rabbi Laurie Rice of Congregation Micah in Brentwood told News 4.
“I could not believe this could be for real,” CNN analyst Ana Navarro remarked. “I like to think such stupidity, insensitivity and ignorance in America cannot be commonplace. It’s real.”
“I am ashamed to know that I’ve given these people business in the past; I’ve sent people there,” stated “Deadwood” actor W. Earl Brown. “This is vile and repulsive. They trumpet that they’re proud to ‘Stand Up Against Tyranny’ Well, I am proud to say GO F— YOURSELF. I’ll purchase my chapeaus elsewhere.”
Former Donald Trump senior adviser A.J. Delgado blasted the item as “Beyond Disgusting.”
Former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder recounted: “As a young school girl in Holland, my mother was forced to wear a yellow star by the Nazis to identify her as a Jew. It’s beyond grotesque to sell this evil symbol to proclaim one’s not vaccinated. Where does this end?”
Notorious liberal and Trump-hater Keith Olbermann also chimed in via Twitter renaming the shop “Hateworks.”
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 28, 2021
The incident occurred in the same week that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) made a comparison between mask mandates and being forced to wear a gold star under the Third Reich: “You know, we can look back at a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene emphasized to Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. “And this is exactly the type of abuse that [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
She also addressed a Tennessee grocery store adding a “vaccination logo” to its employee badges: “Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” she stated on Twitter. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”
After being viciously attacked by Democrats, Greene retorted via Twitter:
Poor Fake Jake, it must be getting really hard to defend your girls in the #JihadSquad and their Hate-Israel support for terrorists Hamas.
So you deflect & lie about me.
Stop defending terrorists Jake.
Democrats hate against Israel is causing Jewish people to be attacked. https://t.co/0HVHGzQuMO
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 22, 2021
Republicans Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Liz Cheney, and Adam Kinzinger all pounced on Greene and decried her inferences to the Holocaust.
More piled on to hammer the shop over the patch:
It’s not accidental, they compare their stigmatisation with that of Holocaust victims. No label could be big enough for such cruel, ignorant idiocy!
— Brendan May (@bmay) May 28, 2021
That is repulsive
— Neil C Boote (@MisterBoote) May 28, 2021
Utterly horrific, insensitive, stupid and she loses her business .
— nancy (@nancy26251280) May 29, 2021
This is just a tell tale sign of how stupid some people are.
— Jeffrey Auerbach (@SmallCapMaestro) May 29, 2021
These people need to be treated to free entry to “the weekend Holocaust experience” with every purchase – trains, separated, stripped, put in stripes, worked, fed gruel if they’re lucky, you get the rest – let’s build it and educate them.
— Aaron Hart (@OnlyLaiking) May 28, 2021
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