Norstrom is currently under fire after advertising a hoodie printed with a photograph taken from the Nanjing Massacre.
Netizens brought attention to the sweatshirt — which had “sold out” online on Nordstrom Rack under the title “Happiness” — by bombarding the American retailer’s Facebook page with irate posts regarding how one of the most terrible events of World War II had ended up on the back of one of their hoodies.
Nordstrom quickly removed the hoodie from its online store (it wasn’t being sold in retail outlets) and sincerely apologized to those offended by the article of clothing. Though, that hasn’t quite seemed to have smoothed the whole controversy over:
On Facebook, Andrea Marcaccini, the designer of the hoodie, has responded to the outrage that his design has provoked, writing that it was actually meant as a protest “against war and indifference,” using an atrocity that is often overlooked in the West.
Which seems pretty obvious when you actually look at the hoodie.
Still, not exactly something you’d want to wear around China this winter.
[Images via Facebook / Next Shark]