Can you even have a hat store in Nashville without Stetson?
According to NBC News, protestors gathered outside HatWRKS, a popular Nashville-area hat store, after the store began selling yellow “Star Of David” badges with the words “NOT VACCINATED” on them.
The store owner shared this (now deleted) picture to Instagram, saying that trucker hats will be available soon.
Screenshot of a now-removed post from hatWRKS Nashville. Store owner (pictured) didn’t want to talk, and told us to leave her property. We’re talking to synagogue leaders tonight on FOX17 News at 9. pic.twitter.com/Di79WwB9mq
Stetson, one of the most iconic hat brands in the world, has since ended their relationship with the store.
They announced the decision in a series of tweets:
As a result of the offensive content and opinions shared by HatWRKS in Nashville, Stetson and our distribution partners will cease the sale of all Stetson products. We thank you for your continued support and patience.
“I am aware of the situation with our former vendor Hatwrks in Nashville and appreciate those who messaged. Tula does not condone antisemitism or discrimination of any kind. We have asked to be removed from their website as a supplier.”
“Our company has a core value of respect. While we respect freedom of speech, respect for humanity must hold a higher place.
The use of the Star of David by our customer as a statement against vaccination was not just insensitive, but disrespectful and wrong. We encouraged our customer to issue a sincere apology for her mistake and have suspended her account in the meantime.”