The Andrea Hoodie showed an image taken from the Rape of Nanking
Nordstrom has been slammed for selling a hoodie showing Japanese soldiers killing Chinese people during the Rape of Nanking massacre in WWII.
The Andrea Hoddie was produced by the Happiness Clothing Company and was removed from sale on Remembrance Day after a number of customers complained about the hoodie’s imagery on social media.
Facebook users reportedly called for a boycott of the chain and brand, whilst others descrbied the hoodie as “horrifying”.
“Making money off cold blood war crime,” wrote Suping Guan. “We demand an apology.”
“It was one of the most inhuman event in the history!” wrote Michelle Q. Zhang. “The Happiness Corporation creating such thing for sale is a big disgrace to our society!”
Nordstrom spokespeople responded to the complaints on Facebook on Remembrance day.
“We’re so sorry for this,” wrote Shawn. “We have removed this product from our site and our teams are updating our process to ensure we do not offer similar products in the future.”
Emily Sterken, Nordstrom’s public affairs manager said in an email to Daily Hive that she understood why the image was deemed insensitive.
“We are truly sorry to anyone who was offended,” said Sterken. “We’re updating our process to look more closely at the type of products we’re offering and ensure we’re being sensitive to how our customers could perceive it.”