Design Foundry, the company that was hired to set up the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida last weekend, has been slammed by “social justice warriors” who claim the stage looked like a Nazi insignia.
The company, based in Hyattsville, Maryland, told the Forward that they “had no idea that the design resembled any symbol, nor was there any intention to create something that did.”
Leftist activists claimed that the CPAC main stage resembled the design of the Odal, also known as Othala Rune, an insignia on some Nazi uniforms.
Images comparing the stage with the Nazi symbol went viral on social media. In response, Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, said the comparisons were “outrageous and slanderous” and that the organization had a “long-standing commitment to the Jewish community,” pointing out that the conference featured numerous Jewish speakers.
CPAC said that they will not use the company for future events.
Hyatt Hotels, where the conference was held, released a statement saying the company had addressed the concerns with the event organizers and called the use of such symbols “abhorrent.”
Yashar Ali, New York Magazine and Huffington Post Contributor, wrote in a tweet, “I know Design Foundry because they handle design for many events in DC for companies like MSNBC & Target. They oversaw the design for the Biden Cancer Summit in 2018. The owner, Annie, is very liberal and was so excited for Biden’s victory. Great work conspiracy theorists.”
According to the terms of the contract signed with Design Foundry, the American Conservative Union (ACU) approved the design but was not allowed to change the design or dismantle the stage.
“Design Foundry said that the design was “intended to provide the best use of space, given the constraints of the ballroom and social distancing requirements.”
The company also said that they were “saddened and horrified at the accusations that this was a deliberate act. Design Foundry denounces all hate speech and acts of racism, prejudice, or bigotry in all forms.”