The Nordstrom department store chain has pulled a women’s Hanukkah sweater from its stores and its website after it was condemned for continuing negative stereotypes of Jewish women.
The blue sweater has the words “Chai Maintenance” knitted on the top and “Hanukkah J.A.P. “ on the bottom. J.A.P., which stands for Jewish American Princess, is a derogatory term.
The sweater still shows up on the Nordstrom website, but only the back, which has no writing, is visible, and the page says “Product not available.” The sweater was removed earlier this week.
A men’s version of the sweater says “Mazel tov” on the top front and “Oy vey” on the back and Happy Hanukkah on both sides. The men’s sweater is still available for purchase.
Nordstrom received a lot of criticism for the women’s sweater on its Facebook page.
“Cute and kitschy is one thing but perpetuating negative stereotypes as supposedly cute or fun holiday wear is disgusting,” one post read. “I expect more of a large high end retailer such as Nordstrom. Especially when the version for men is just cute, why is the version for women derogatory?”
“Very disappointed that Nordstrom would sell such a degrading item, that makes fun of Jewish Women,” read another.
In response to one critic, a Nordstrom customer service employee wrote: “this item wasn’t something we should have offered, Eileen. We have pulled the sweater from our site and it will no longer be offered.”
Some Facebook fans asked Nordstrom where they could buy the sweaters now that the chain was no longer selling them.
The sweater is available on Amazon without the “JAP” reference.