A Tennessee hat store that drew ire for selling “Not Vaccinated” badges modeled after the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear by Nazis apologized late Saturday — amid protests, threats of a boycott and the loss of at least one business partner.
“In NO WAY did I intend to trivialize the Star of David or disrespect what happened to millions of people,” read the unsigned apology post on the Instagram page of hatWRKS in Nashville.
“My hope was to share my genuine concern & fear and to do all that I can to make sure nothing like that ever happens again.
“I sincerely apologize for any insensitivity.”
The shop, run by haberdasher Gigi Gaskins, sparked outrage online after it advertised the $5 anti-vax badges, modeled on the stars used to identify, segregate and demean Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Europe.
HatWRKS also came under fire for comparing COVID-19 vaccine passports to the Nazi practice of demanding Jews show “your