Hyatt Hotels said it is taking claims the CPAC stage was inspired by a Nazi rune 'very seriously' and called hate symbols 'abhorrent'
Technicians perform on stage ahead of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, the United States, on February 25, 2021. REUTERS / Joe Skipper / File Photo
CPAC 2021 took place last week at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida.
Critics said the event's stage resembled a symbol on Nazi uniforms, a claim the organizers denied.
Hyatt Hotels said it takes these claims seriously and called symbols of hatred "hideous".
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation named hate symbols "hideous" after the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2021, held at a Hyatt hotel, which resembled a Norse rune that appeared on Nazi uniforms.
Held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida this year, CPAC ran Thursday through Sunday last week.
Some people noted on social media that the stage of the event, which featured speakers such as former President Donald Trump, was in the shape of an "Odal rune" and tweets like this went viral:
- The Daily Beans Podcast (@dailybeanspod) from February 26, 2021
As reported by Insider's Kelsey Vlamis, the symbol was used on some Nazi uniforms and has been used by some white supremacists since then, but it is a centuries-old symbol that has been used in non-extremist contexts.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation said in a statement on Sunday, "We take very seriously concerns about the prospect of hate symbols being added to the set design at CPAC 2021, as all of those symbols are hideous and clearly contradict our values as a company." Reuters reported.
Hyatt added that the set design and all other logistics were managed by the American Conservative Union - the group that organized the conference - rather than the hotel group, Reuters reported.
According to Hyatt, all aspects of the conference logistics, including the set design, were managed by the American Conservative Union, which organized the conference.
Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, tweeted on Saturday in response to the criticism of the stage: "Comparisons of the set design were outrageous and defamatory."
"We have a long-standing commitment to the Jewish community. Lifting up cultural extremists must address anti-Semitism within their own ranks," he said. "CPAC proudly stands by our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this phase."
- Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 27, 2021
The Guardian noted the symbol was at the 2017 White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Insider has also identified a version of the symbol in a photo taken in 2008 in Germany at a neo-Nazi summer camp that was disbanded by the police.
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