NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The owner of a Nashville hat store issued an apology following a controversial post on Instagram.
The owner of hatWRKS hat shop in Nashville posted to Instagram on Friday wearing a yellow patch resembling the Star of David that read the words “not vaccinated.”
The post was later deleted from the account after several people commented saying it was offensive. Following the post, protesters surrounded the store on Saturday holding signs of disapproval.
Well-known companies also reacted to the post. Stetson made a public comment about the incident on Twitter. In a follow-up tweet Saturday, the company made the announcement they and their distribution partners would be ending the sale of all Stetson products with the store.
Goorin Bros., a global hat brand Since 1895, also responded on social media.
In an update, the company tweeted they did not condone the views of the store owner and stated they are investigating what actions need to be taken.
The owner of hatWRKS hat shop posted an apology to Instagram Saturday. The post included the following message, “In NO WAY did I intend to trivialize the Star of David or disrespect what happened to millions of people. That is not who I am & what I stand for. My intent was not to exploit or make a profit. My hope was to share my genuine concern & fear, and to do all that I can to make sure that nothing like that ever happens again. I sincerely apologize for any insensitivity.”