And the reception went about as well as expected, meaning that some of the line's customers freaked out. Like come on people, I like the religion, like a lot, and would really really prefer for people to not assume I'm an intolerant xenophobe 'cause you go and ruin a nice thing.
Mimu Maxi, which is run by two sister in laws from the Chabad Lubavitch* branch of Judaism, featured Muslim fashion blogger Summer Albarcha (Hipster Hijabis). Some commentators flipped out and called 'em insensitive for posting a picture of a Muslim blogger during this time of war and making it all political and some of the commentators got downright nasty and spewed personal attacks.
Mimu Maxi deleted the personal attacks, left up the rest of the disagreements, and responded with grace:
Mushky and I are happy and proud to have "hosted" this blogger on our page, yes at this exact time, and we stand by this decision 100%. Summer is a modest fashion blogger from Missouri who shares some of our deepest values and did not deserve the ensuing response simply by collaborating with us on a beautiful shared cause that we are ALL meant to embrace...more than ever...especially now.
Man, the thing that horrifies me about the response they got was how unsurprised I was. Like come on Jewish world, we've gotta stop with the Muslim hating insanity. Like not all Muslims are Palestinians (and not all Palestenians are Muslims) and not all Palestinians are members of Hamas, and even the ones who support Hamas have a very good reason to or very few to no other options and just, man, stop.
This girl took a picture of herself wearing some clothes. That's it. No politics were on display, so any allegiance to a group you hate is a stereotypical perception at best. It may be %100 accurate or completely inaccurate-the fun thing about Islam (like any religion really) is that it has a hell of a lot of adherents from all over the world with all sorts of ethnic and political affiliations. These ethnic and political affiliations sometimes trump religious ones, sometimes are built into religious ones in complicates ways (Sunni and Shia), and sometimes are a bonding thing. And, more to the point, it doesn't even matter, 'cause again, she wasn't putting her political views out there in any way shape or form. She was just wearing clothes, including a skirt made by Orthodox Jews, and looking cool while doing so. That should have been the start and end of this conversation.
*This note is important in that Chabad Lubavitch is very very into kinda proselytizing to non-Orthodox Jews, so the sect ends up being weirdly modern chassidish 'cause of the level of interaction with the secular world and the intermixing. They also end up being (at least publicly) much more into tolerance and colloboration and the like than many of the other Orthodox (especially chassidish) sects.