Sierra Holtz was shopping at a boutique on Montreal’s Mount-Royal Avenue, casually flipping through T-shirts when she found one printed with something she thought was "extremely disturbing": A portrait of Adolf Hitler with an Afro hairstyle.
The label of the T-shirt read, "Too fast to live, too young to die."
Holtz said she approached the clerk at the store, Hadio, and asked why they were selling the shirts.
The clerk told her they sold well, but that she personally did not approve of them.
"I was really offended. Honestly, how could someone sell this? I couldn’t believe what I was seeing," Holtz said.
The business is registered to François Hadi, but he was out of the country and did not comment.
A store clerk refused to do an interview, but did say the shirt is meant to mock Hitler, not glorify him.
Even so, Holtz is alarmed about the idea of Hitler becoming a trend or clothing accessory.
Earlier this week, Sears and Amazon removed a swastika ring from their online marketplaces.
“Either people are ignorant of what [Hitler] represents, or support what he stands for,” Holtz said.
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