Hobby Lobby catching backlash for holiday products or lack thereof
OKLAHOMA CITY – A New Jersey blogger brought to light Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby’s lack of Jewish holiday products and started a new storm for the company.
According to the Huffington Post, Ken Berwitz, writer for the “Hopelessly Partisan” blog, was outraged after his wife went to a Hobby Lobby store in search of Hanukkah items and was told, “We don’t cater to you people.”
“If they want to sell all over the nation then they must include all people within that nation,” Jewish visual artist Abbey wrote on a blog post entitled “Is Hobby Lobby Anti-Semitic?”
A Hobby Lobby official responded in a statement, “Alleged comments made by employees are currently being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators.”
The company is also working with buyers to increase their merchandise selection and said they will evaluate what holiday items they will provide in the future according to an emailed statement to Religion News Service.