Zara was forced to remove a denim skirt from its website following complaints that it featured a hate symbol used by white supremacists.
The skirt appears to be embroidered with Pepe The Frog. Pepe was originally created by cartoonist Matt Furie as part of a comic strip. Unfortunately for Furie, the character has since been claimed by alt-right leaders to represent their racist ideology.
One writer, based in Chicago, was the first to point out to the Spanish fashion house that they’d made a huge mistake.
Zara is really out there trying to sell a P*pe the frog skirt, apparently unaware (?) of its current implications https://t.co/gQ3bimsdg2
— meagan (@meaganrosae) April 18, 2017
Pepe was recently classified as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He now sits alongside the confederate flag and the swastika.
The ADL told The Cut: “It is important to examine the use of the meme only in context. The mere fact of posting a Pepe meme does not mean that someone is racist or a white supremacist.
“However, if the meme itself is racist or anti-Semitic in nature, or if it appears in a context containing bigoted or offensive language or symbols, then it may have been used for hateful purposes.”
The skirt was part of Zara’s Festival Edition collection.
Sadly for the retailer, its not the first time it’s been accused of selling clothing with racist connotations. In 2014, its run of striped T-shirts featuring a yellow star drew comparisons to the uniforms Jewish citizens were forced to wear during Nazi Occupation.
Zara is yet to issue a statement.