Uh-oh, better call the ladies of ‘Fashion Police’ because the internet is freaking out over reports that Forever 21 was selling swastika rings! After Twitter photos of the insensitive jewelry were discovered, the clothing brand has been in some real hot water — but is it all a terrible prank? Find out what really happened, right here.
Mullets, harem pants, and tie-dye T-shirts are just a FEW fashionable mistakes that continuously end up on the “Worst Dressed” list in magazines, but swastika rings are on a whole different level! A photo taken by a Forever 21 shopper on Aug. 14 revealed that the popular clothing store was in fact selling rings shaped like a swastika — a symbol worn on the jackets of German Nazi fighters during World War II. Needless to say that it’s a VERY powerful and negative emblem as it references The Holocaust, a historical event responsible for the death of roughly six million Jews.
But why would Forever 21 make such an accessory? Turns out, THEY DIDN’T. “Forever 21 takes feedback and product concerns very seriously,” tells a spokesperson for the brand. “With regards to the rings in question, they are not a Forever 21 product and we are looking into the situation for more details.” Ergo, the placement of the swastika jewelry must have been a prank pulled by a shopper who hooked the rings to the back of another product.
The fast fashion company clarified in another statement on Aug. 16. “following a thorough investigation, including an audit of all international and domestic store records, we have reconfirmed that the reported item was never sourced, produced or sold by Forever 21. We believe the pictures in question were part of an unfortunate and cruel Internet hoax. Forever 21 would never knowingly source or sell such merchandise.”
But just because Forever 21 is in the clear, doesn’t mean other fashion empires haven’t sold questionable items! Zara, for example, was caught with a shirt saying, “White is the new black,” in their stores, and Urban Outfitters branded a shirt with “Eat Less” for its female clientele. And THEN there was UO’s Kent State sweater, which was splattered in red paint… Which looked like blood… Which brings us to the shootings that happened on campus in 1970. Talk about sending the wrong message!
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