A tote bag that says "My favorite color is glitter" but appears to say "is Hitler"

Photo via Quotable Life/BelleChic Remix by Samantha Grasso

This tote bag appears to say ‘My favorite color is Hitler’—and the internet is freaking out

Your favorite color is what, now?

 

Samantha Grasso

IRL

Published Jul 25, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:51 pm CDT

Graphic design can make or break the success of a product.

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Or, in this case of a tote bag that appears to say, “My favorite color is Hilter,” it can really fucking shatter it.

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On Sunday, a Twitter user from Vancouver noticed such a bag on fashion deals website BelleChic and decided that, nope, this bag does not say, “My favorite color is glitter.” Instead, it stans for one Adolf Hitler.

“My fav colour is also Hilter,” the tweeter shared, pointing out how the flawed, thick lettering in “glitter” made the bag prime pickings for white supremacists looking to flash their hate in style.

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The tweet did spark its share of Holocaust puns, which, to be clear, are still completely inappropriate regardless of the bag’s ridiculous appearance.

https://twitter.com/hurlarious/status/889568376967749632

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But responders also brought up a great point: how in the hell did the company who created the bag, Quotable Life, manage to approve the bag, or did the designers create an anti-Semitic bag that seemingly flies under the radar on purpose?

One day after the revelation, BelleChic pulled the bag and issued an apology on Twitter, revealing a new design that unambiguously cheers for “glitter” instead of “Hitler.” Quotable Life, the merchandise company responsible for creating the bag, has also updated the design.

https://twitter.com/bellechicdeals/status/889601792153137152

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According to the cached page of the website, more than 70 bags were sold before the “Hitler”-looking product was pulled, meaning that several people may one day get stopped on the street by folks thinking their favorite color is that of a Nazi.

However, the new bag hasn’t stopped a few particular (read: ill-intentioned) people from asking if the old bag is still being shopped around.

https://twitter.com/Finkelmeister/status/889640067131723776

Matt Molen, Chief Marketing Officer for BelleChic, responded to the controversy in a statement to Allure.

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“While I realize that most of the social media buzz and commentary has been tongue-in cheek, the type of abhorrent sentiment conveyed as part of the misinterpretation absolutely does not align with our company values, nor is it something we would ever want to encourage or support,” Molten said.

Quoteable Life did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update 1:49pm CT: A representative from Quotable Life sent the Daily Dot the following statement. The company said the bag had been designed three years prior, and that it will donate 300 percent of the funds from the sales of the discontinued tote bags to the National Holocaust Museum.

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*First Published: Jul 25, 2017, 8:31 am CDT