‘Swastika’ earrings no longer for sale at Brooklyn jewelry store
The apologetic owner of a
Brooklyn jewelry store blasted for hawking earrings that look like swastikas said Wednesday that she will stop selling the controversial baubles.
City Councilman Steve Levin (D-Brooklyn) went to Bejeweled in Greenpoint inquiring about the odd sales choice and met with owner Young Sook Kim.
“She was regretful, said Levin after the noon showdown. “She agreed to take them down.”
Levin raised concerns about the earrings on Tuesday.
A Bejeweled manager retorted that the earrings had nothing to do with Nazis. Rather, the manager said, they are a sign of prosperity in Tibetan Buddhism.
That defense prompted Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to also blast the store.
“A swastika is not a fashion statement,” Stringer said.
Brooklyn today, there are thousands of Holocaust survivors,” Levin said. “We are a diverse city. We have to be sensitive to what each other has gone through.”