An international retail chain ZARA has withdrawn from its stores and websites denim mini skirt with a picture of a Frog Pepe (Pepe the Frog), which evolved from cartoon character into a symbol of white supremacists.
The reason for this decision was the outrage that erupted on social media, wrote on Thursday, April 20, the newspaper the New York Times.
«This skirt is included in a limited collection of Oil-on-Denim, which was created in collaboration with artists and are available only in selected markets. The author of this model, the Spanish designer Mario de Santiago, known online under the name Yimeisgreat, says that has nothing to do with this topic,» – said in an interview with a representative of ZARA.
Himself Santiago told reporters that the idea to use the image of frogs came to him after airbrushing the walls of the buildings, which he did for four years.
Recall that in September last year, the anti-defamation League has included a meme of Pepe the Frog in the «black list» symbols of hatred. The frog Pepe was often depicted with a Hitler mustache, wearing a Jewish kippah or the hooded ku-Klux-all kinds of things over and used this image in an anti-Semitic «tweets» and «posts»
Recall that in August 2014, ZARA apologized to customers for the fact that put up for sale a blue and white striped shirt with a six-pointed yellow star on his chest, where the small letters was written the word «Sheriff» in the framework of the «cowboy collection».
These t-shirts for the price of 80 shekels, intended for boys of preschool age, was named on the Zara Israel website «striped style Sheriff», however, Israeli social media users found them to be tasteless and even anti-Semitic, because the Holocaust yellow Star of David marked Jews by the Nazis.
In 2007, the ZARA chain began selling bags, decorated with a swastika, which also caused indignation of the public. Then the company blamed the blunder suppliers, to convince the company management that the swastika is a symbol of Hinduism.