“This Gap ‘camp shirt’ looks cringingly similar to an Auschwitz uniform”
May 14, 2020 | 11:07pm
The pale blue- and white-striped cotton T-shirt is getting slammed on social media for resembling the uniforms worn at Auschwitz.
“So @Gap made a white-and-grey wide-striped shirt that reminded me of concentration camp uniforms even before they called it a “Camp Shirt.” I don’t know if there’s something I’m missing here, but this reads extremely wrong to me,” tweeted @ninastoessinger.
Gap appears to have changed the name from “camp shirt” to “striped shirt” on some online store after the backlash.
Gap Canada was still calling it a camp shirt Thursday night and customer’s blasted the company’s site–giving the shirt a one star rating along with a barrage of angry reviews.
“The design looks exactly like concentration camp shirts and the title “camp” just makes it more real. This is so terrible!!!!! You need to remove this immediately. As a big GAP shopper, I am so disappointed,” wrote a user named Concerned.
Another reviewer, Melanie, commented “Is the yellow star included or do we have to sew it on ourselves? Asking for a Jew.”
“We are investigating this matter urgently and will get back to you.”
The “camp shirt” was on sale Thursday for $25, down from the original price of $49.50.
A Gap shirt in 2012 triggered an eruption among consumers for its link to the slaughter of indigenous Americans with a t-shirt that had the slogan “Manifest Destiny.”
Gap eventually pulled the shirt from store shelves and said in a terse statement that due to customer feedback, it would no longer offer the shirt online or in stores.
Other brands have come under fire for selling clothing reminiscent of the Holocaust.
In 2014, the clothing chain Zara apologized for selling a striped shirt with a yellow Star of David on the chest. In 2007, Zara also apologized for selling a handbag featuring embroidered swastikas.
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