the swastika will always be Nazis for Westerners. our minds reflexively conjure the worst evil imaginable. but lmao at these designs pic.twitter.com/Pd4yYEO8op
— Pam Groovey (@PamGroovey) August 7, 2017
Full disclosure: I have a lovely leather-bound ten-volume Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling from the 1890s that I could only afford because there is a certain then-trendy ‘Indian’ symbol imprinted in the gold decorations on the spine… and the used-book dealer didn’t care to advertise to the obvious 1970s market. But as daywear? Uh, all the many nopes.
Company's Line Of Rainbow-Themed Swastika T-Shirts Backfires https://t.co/FIvX2UoLke
— NPR Business (@nprbusiness) August 7, 2017
… In a video posted on its Facebook page on July 12, the company (tagline: “Questioning Boundaries”) says that for thousands of years, the swastika meant something positive: “But one day, Nazism. … They stigmatized the swastika forever.”…
However, there were a few supporters of the effort. Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, praised the shirts: “I have been trying to do this for years, and I am thankful that hippies are finally getting on-board with that particular project. … I endorse these shirts,” he wrote.
It wasn’t exactly the response KA Design had hoped for. The company responded to the burgeoning controversy first with an about-face, putting out a redesign that incorporated a red slash through the swastika. However, by Monday afternoon, a search on the Teespring.com page for the newly redesigned t-shirts returned only an error message.
On the company’s Facebook page was a post announcing that “Hatred and Nazism have won.”…
Even straining to give KA Design every possible credit, it should’ve been obvious that its announced target market is almost as fearful of cultural appropriation as of the obvious West-centric implication.
Apart from cheap laffs, what’s on the agenda for the evening?