Retail giant Canadian Tire has become embroiled in an online controversy after their logo closely resembled that of a Nazi symbol that was recently made popular in ads run by Donald Trump's campaign, according to Fresh Daily.
These accounts, however, are most likely parody accounts, who are attempting to rattle Conservatives everywhere.
The ads were run against the political activist group Antifa and featured a red triangle that is upside down and outlined in black. The same symbol was used to identify political prisoners during World War Two by the Nazis. The ad referred to Antifa as being "dangerous MOBS of far-left groups" that are "causing absolute mayhem" across the United States.
President Trump is seeking to have the group be labeled as a domestic terrorist group and the ad provides a petition that people can sign who agree with that allegation. Antifa does not have a designated leader and is made up a numerous autonomous chapters and groups that claim to share the common goal of fighting fascism.
The ads were removed from Facebook but not before users began to realize that the symbol also shared a stark resemblance to that of Canadian Tire's logo, which is also a red triangle upside down and outlined in black. The Canadian Tire logo however features a green leaf at the top of the triangle.
The controversy appears to have been started by a parody account.
The good news for Canadian Tire is that they have been established long before the Second World War and the Nazi's use of the upside down red triangle, despite some online conspiracy theorists who jumped all over the initial realization. Canadian Tire first opened in 1922 as a tire retailer and auto garage. As time went on the company expanded into selling sports equipment, kitchenware, gas and food. The company has also since bought out other companies from such as Sport Chek and Helly Hansen.
Canadian Tire has over 1,500 retail locations and gas stations across Canada. In the wake of George Floyd's murder and several other people of colour by police, the company donated approximately $800,000 to grassroots organizations that help the black community and resources dedicated to protecting people of colour.