November 11, 2015
Ah, the holiday season. A time for warm drinks, sweet treats and ugly sweaters.
Target is currently selling an "ugly" Christmas sweater that has the store receiving criticism.
In its latest line of "ugly" attire for the season, the store is selling a red sweater that reads: "OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder."
Some consumers have expressed that the piece of clothing makes light of a well-known mental disorder that goes by the same acronym. Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects about 2.2 million American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Many took to social media to criticize the message.
Hey @target your OCD sweater is out of line. My husband has OCD. He sees a doctor monthly and takes meds. It's a serious disease.— aliceinthewater (@aliceinthewater) November 11, 2015
disappointed to hear that @Target does not intend to remove that awful OCD sweater from their stores— mr. bulldops (@mearbeer) November 11, 2015
Others found humor in the design and took Target's side.
"We never want to disappoint our guests and we apologize for any discomfort," a Target spokesperson said in an email to TIME. "We currently do not have plans to remove this sweater."