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Nordstrom's Hanukkah sweater causes Internet outrage

by Aly Walansky / / Source: TODAY

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This holiday season is rife with controversy. And a lot of it is wrapped around the ugly Christmas sweater tradition.

Or, in this case, Hanukkah sweater.

And it’s getting, well ... ugly.

Recently, Target got a lot of flack for their “OCD” (Obsessive Christmas Disorder) sweater, and now Nordstrom is under fire for a sweater some say are offensive to Jews. The blue sweater boasts a menorah and the words “Chai maintenance.” It’s a play on the Hebrew word "Chai," which means life, but it also propagates negative stereotypes of Jewish women.

Additionally, the sweater reads "Hannukah J.A.P.," referring to the abbreviation for Jewish American Princess, another term that's not so flattering for the Jewish people. The sweater has since been removed from the site, but a version without the "J.A.P." reference exists on Amazon.

RELATED: Target accused of poking fun at OCD with 'Obsessive Christmas Disorder' sweater'

Nordstrom has apologized for the offense, telling the Chicago Tribune: "We made a mistake by not looking more closely at the words on the sweater before we posted it — had we done so, we wouldn't have offered it. As soon as we heard from customers, we removed it from our site right away. We're terribly sorry for offending people and sincerely apologize."

But just how offensive was it? Folks on social media seems to be rather conflicted on the issue.


Let us know what you think over on the TODAY Style Facebook page.

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