Yellow Star of David badges with an “unvaccinated” lettering were sold at a hat store in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, reports the New York Times. The badges were sold for five dollars, the hatWRKS store said in a post on Instagram, which was later deleted. A post that has been widely criticized on social networks, pushing protesters to gather in front of the store on Saturday, May 29. The demonstrators carried signs at arm’s length that read “No Nazis in Nashville” and “Sell hats, not hate”.
“My hope was to share my concern and my sincere fear”
In another post, the store also touted “shopping without a mask”. He also promoted the conspiracy theory that vaccines contain microchips. “All unvaccinated people will be sidelined, branded, and required to wear a mask. What will happen next? The store asked in its post.
After the controversy, hat company Stetson said it would stop selling its products in the store, “due to offensive content and views shared by hatWRKS.”
Store management responded to criticism, saying they respect “history much more by standing with those who have fallen in battle than by offering silence and conformity. While specifying that “his hope was to share his concern and his sincere fear”, and to do what is possible to ensure that nothing “similar to the Holocaust never happens again”.
In the United States, vaccination status is becoming a central issue. Oregon said last week it would require companies to check the immunization status of their customers before allowing them to enter without a mask. Companies in that state, however, questioned the practicality of this request.
New York, meanwhile, created the Excelsior pass, but does not require it to be used on a large scale. While in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee promulgated a law on Wednesday prohibiting local authorities from requiring them to verify the immunization status of clients.