A Tennessee hat store is apologizing after backlash over the store’s sale of yellow Star of David patches with the words “Not Vaccinated” emblazoned on them, a design that echoes the yellow Stars of David that Nazis forced Jews to wear.
The Nashville store, hatWRKS, owned by Gigi Gaskins, issued an apology per an Instagram post on Saturday, saying no disrespect was intended by selling the Star of David badges.
“In NO WAY did I intend to trivialize the Star of David or disrespect what happened to millions of people,” Gaskins wrote in her apology Instagram post.
“That is not who I am & what I stand for. My intent was not to exploit or make a profit. My hope was to share my genuine concern & fear, and to do all that I can to make sure that nothing like that ever happens again. I sincerely apologize for any insensitivity,” Gaskins wrote.
The no longer active Instagram post that sparked the controversy featured a picture