This is reminiscent of when Linda Sarsour gave the ISIS salute. She had an excuse just as KA Designs does — they were ready with a response for anyone who accused them of allying with and glorifying the savagery attached to these symbols. But that’s exactly what they were doing.
“Clothing Company Attempts to Reclaim Swastika for LGBTQ People,” by Andrew Phillips, Out, August 7, 2017:
A clothing company has drummed up controversy for emblazoning the swastika on its merchandise. The shirts, created by KA Designs, were sold on the popular website Teespring, and featured rainbow-colored swastikas with the words “Peace,” “Zen”and “Love.”
KA Designs claims that their intention behind using the symbol commonly associated with the Nazi party was to reclaim the symbol to represent the LGBTQ community.
In their original description of the product, KA Design wrote, “Here at KA we explore boundaries. We push them forward. Let’s make the Swastika a symbol of love and peace. Together, we can succeed.”
In a promotional video for the product, the company stated, “They [the Nazis] stigmatized the swastika. They won. They limited our freedom. Or maybe not? The swastika is coming back together with love, peace, respect and freedom.”…
In a statement to Mic, KA Designs wrote, “We really enjoy the swastika. Not because of any of the meanings associated with it, but because of the shape and of how it looks. However, the strong bond between the swastika and Nazi values was unbreakable. We didn’t feel free. For the right reason. So we ended up using this symbol with the aim of sharing its opposite values: love, peace and freedom. Our project wants to express the victory of love and humanity against hatred and Nazism in general.”
As of Monday, the T-shirts have been removed from the Teespring website.