Target is facing backlash for a fashionable faux-pas over a sweater that some on social media are saying makes fun of a serious mental illness condition.

Here’s the sweater (and tweet) in question that launched the firestorm:

Uh oh! That’s not putting people into the cherry Christmas spirit because it’s trivializing people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, which affects more than 3.3 million people in the U.S. The sweater prompted an outcry of people who said they were disgusted or joked that they were surprised that Target doesn’t sell a “North-Polar Depression” sweater, among other comments:

Still, there’s a vocal group from the opposite side that’s telling them to lighten up and it’s only a joke:

Target is holding firm, saying in a statement that it “apologizes for any discomfort” it causes but will continue to sell the sweater. Even on Twitter, Target’s guest services account is telling angry shoppers that it will pass along their concerns to the retailer’s merchandising team:

Even if Target does pull the sweater, the basic phrase is available on Zazzle and Amazon.

‘Tis the season for outrage, fa la la.

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