On Saturday, a Nashville hat shop stood in the shape of David's star with a yellow badge promoting, protesting outside by some protesters, emblazoned with the words "Not Vaccinated".
Organizers planned an afternoon demonstration at Hatarks, and social media posts showed some protesters with a banner that read, "No Nazis in Nashville."
An Instagram post featuring the item and teasing upcoming "truck caps" with similar embellishments was no longer active, but Hatarks defended the use of an anti-Jewish, Nazi-affiliated symbol as a statement on contemporary vaccination efforts. Appeared to do.
In an Instagram post on Saturday, it said, "All illiterate people will be cut off from society, marked and must wear masks. What will happen next?"
The hat shop said, "There is a historical parallel to fascism to be drawn."
Hatwrks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The business expressed support for former President Donald Trump and conspiracy theories on his Instagram account that the election was stolen as a result of unfounded voter fraud.
A post indicates that a store principal was in the Capitol riot on January 6, where Trump supporter protesters hoped to disrupt congressional accreditation of the 2020 presidential victory by Joe Biden.
In a Friday post, Hatarks asked if people offended by its yellow patch were also "angered by the tyranny of the world," apparently in the context of government efforts to vaccinate people in the midst of the Kovid-19 pandemic, which has led to life. Claimed to be about 600,000 Americans.
In Nazi Germany, a yellow badge in the shape of David's star was used to identify the Jewish people.
Western hat maker Stetson, under pressure to break ties with Hatarks, tweeted Saturday afternoon that he would no longer distribute products in stores.
"As a result of the objectionable content and opinions shared by HatWRKS in Nashville, Stetson and our distribution partners will cease selling all Stetson products," it said.
The controversy began when U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Georgia, tweeted on Tuesday about a grocery store chain that allows vaccinated employees to go without masks while wearing the vaccination logo on their name tags : "Immunized employees receive vaccination logos just like Nazi's, forcibly Jewish people wear gold star."
Many people, including fellow Republicans, condemned the comparison. "Marjorie is mistaken, and her deliberate decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust to wearing masks is horrifying," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said in a statement.
In response to the yellow star of the Hatarks, Nashville-area Rabbi Laurie Rice told NBC-affiliated WSMV, "There is no question for me, putting the vaccine community first."
She said she would welcome a conversation with the store owner about the history.
Rice said, "Using yellow stars, or any Holocaust imagery for anything, is an insult to the memory of the 6 million Jews who were systematically murdered during the Holocaust."
The patch also illuminated the corners of the Internet. Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, an organization that opposes far-flung politics and Trump tweeted about the item: "repulsive as hell."