(Nov. 11, 2015) – A sweater caught the eyes of some Target shoppers—and not in a good way.
According to Adweek, the retailer’s “OCD” sweater is drawing criticism for making light of mental health. Instead of “obsessive compulsive disorder,” the holiday-themed sweater uses “OCD” to stand for “obsessive Christmas disorder.”
Those who criticized the sweater said it turned OCD into a fashion statement and showed no sympathy for those who suffer with it daily. Several users on Twitter have asked the store to stop selling the item.
“We never want to disappoint our guests, and we apologize for any discomfort,” a Target spokesman told Adweek in a statement. “We currently do not have plans to remove this sweater.”
Target isn’t the only retailer offering the sweater. Similar items are available at several online retailers, including sellers on eBay and Etsy. Still, Target’s version seemed to draw the sharpest response on social media:
— Alison Dotson (@BeingMewithOCD) November 10, 2015
— Nerdy Unicorn (@Maxopoly) November 11, 2015
— Shea Allison Sundstøl, Ph.D. (@ssundstoel) November 11, 2015