A popular clothing brand has removed what some are calling a "concentration camp" shirt for kids from its shelves and website after coming under fire on social media.
Zara, a Spanish brand with outposts all over the world including the U.S., was selling in its kids' clothing line a white-and-blue striped shirt with a gold star. Some felt the stripes in combination with a gold star reminiscent of the Star of David looked far too similar to uniforms worn in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust.
The brand said the shirt was inspired by "classic American Westerns."
But on Twitter today, Zara apologized in several languages to its 520k followers. In a statement emailed to ABC News, Inditex, the company that owns Zara, said the t-shirts will be "reliably destroyed."
@MiguelEL We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores— ZARA (@ZARA) August 27, 2014
"The garment was available only for just a few hours and sales of the t-shirt have been marginal," the company said. "Inditex would like to reiterate its utmost respect for all cultures and religions. The Group is a Company where people from 180 nationalities work together representing all the cultures, races and religions of the modern world. Inditex is proud of its cultural diversity. In addition, respect and dignity feature among the principles which guide and define its corporate values. The Group condemns and rejects any form of discrimination."
This isn't the brands first misstep in regards to Nazi-inspired clothing. In 2007, the brand removed from stores a line of handbags with a symbol on them that resembled a swastika.