Nashville’s hatWRKS posted an image on Instagram on Friday announcing the sale of the Star of David patch labeled “not vaccinated,” according to CNN affiliate WZTV and WSMV.
The caption on the post reads: “Patch has arrived!! came out good $5ea strong glue back….we will be presenting the Trucker hat soon”
CNN has made several attempts to contact store owner Gigi Gaskins, but received no response.
European Jews were legally forced to wear the badge until the 13th century, according to the Holocaust Memorial Center. The Nazis resurrected the practice. which facilitates the Jews “Separated from society and the slums that followed which ultimately led to the deportation and murder of 6 million Jews,” the center̵7;s website said.
After the post was removed, another hatWRKS post from Friday said: “People are outraged by my posts. But are you offended by the tyranny that the world is experiencing? If you don’t understand what’s going on, it’s you, not me.”
A group of protesters gathered outside the store on Saturday morning with signs that read: “There are no Nazis in Nashville” and “Nashville condemns hatWRKS,” according to a video from the WSMV.
“We are here to protest the hatred and ignorance of what she did to sell the Yellow Star. which symbolizes the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. which is the loss of 6 million human beings,” Nashville resident Ron Rivlin told the WSMV on Saturday outside a hat store.
“I think I understand what you’re trying to do. But the way she did it was fair. She didn’t understand that it was offensive to the Jewish community and to everyone,” Rivlin said.
“This is not about vaccines or anti-vaccines. People are free to make their own decisions,” Rivlin added. “The Jews have no choice whether to wear that star or not. They were forced to wear that star and that eventually led to their death,” Riflin said.
“It’s a terrible idea. It’s a terrible thing,” Roger Abramson, an attorney from Brentwood, Tennessee, told WSMV.
“There is no way you could reasonably be associated with choosing to go without vaccination against COVID … and assuming you were in the same spot as the Jews in Nazi Germany,” Abramson said.
“For me, it was willful ignorance,” Abramson continued. “The information is out there. People deliberately ignore facts, data, and history. because it doesn’t match what they want to believe or does not fit the narrative they have.”
Rabbi Laurie Rice of Congregation Micah in Brentwood told WSMV on Friday: “Using the yellow stars or holocaust images for whatever it is, actually destroys the memory of the 6 million Jews systematically slaughtered during the Holocaust.”
CNN’s Alta Spells contributed to this report.