The fashion chain Zara has withdrawn a handbag from its stores after a customer pointed out that the design featured swastikas.
As well as being the Nazi symbol, the swastika is also a religious symbol for Hindus and Buddhists.
What disturbs me about this is that if the Nazis had adopted, say, the Crucifix or, perhaps, the Great Seal, would there be such a hubbub.
Yes, they were scumbags but does this mean we have to throw out Hindu and Buddhist culture? What does this mean for the Black Leather Trenchcoat? Does Lightning McQueen sport the lightning symbol on his bodywork because he is paying homage to the SS (Schutzstaffel)?
There’s one thing in refusing to glorify or edify the wrongdoers of the past. That’s not what the handbag makers were doing. But this insistence on removing everything that might possibly offend anyone is only going to lead us to Equilibrium.
Yes. That’s a bad thing. (it wasn’t all about cool guys fighting with guns and swords….no really….)