Popular athleisure brand Lululemon has let one of its employees go, art director Trevor Fleming, after they posted a controversial “bat fried rice” shirt on Instagram, sparking outrage from people who felt it added unnecessary fuel to already existing racist sentiments against the Asian community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $60 shirt, designed by California-based artist Jess Sluder, was shared last Sunday on Fleming’s personal account. Featured on the long-sleeve white T-shirt was a graphic of a Chinese takeout container that said “no thank you,” with bat wings coming out of the box. It was a thinly veiled reference to the now-debunked myth of COVID-19 origins. Thanks to a widely circulated tweet, many believed the pandemic started because of “bat soup” in the Wuhan district of China. Despite the lack of evidence to support that theory, it led to increased…

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