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In June 2011, The Register and The Age reported that artists on Redbubble were offering T-shirts images taken from the satirical online comic strip "Hipster Hitler". Some Redbubble users mistook the comic and its products as antisemitic and pro-Hitler, pressuring PayPal to investigate whether it violated their policy. In May 2011 Arnold Bloch Leibler, a law firm with connections to the Australian Jewish community, severed their business relationship with Redbubble for "promoting Nazism". Both Redbubble's CEO, Martin Hosking, and the head of b'nai b'rith's Anti Defamation Commission recognized Hipster Hitler as parody but noted that it was being misunderstood due to reduced context in the merchandise and that some hate groups had allegedly praised Hipster Hitler, and discussed how to deal with such work. Three weeks later on 5 June 2011, The Age reported that Redbubble's CEO, Martin Hosking, who defended the work as free speech, removed the entire Hipster Hitler merchandise line and said the "guidelines would be changed to prohibit parodies of genocide and the Holocaust, as well as other material likely to cause deep offence". The line does not appear literally or clearly semantically in Redbubble's community guidelines. At the same time he said it was hard to take a nuanced approach to removing Hipster Hitler merchandise due to the nature of the controversy. Hosking's decision to pull Hipster Hitler's line was applauded by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as being responsive to both artists and the Jewish community. On 12 and 15 June 2011 articles by digital media company Ninemsn and news web site Stuff. co. nz reported that artists on Redbubble were selling baby clothes "featuring pictures of Hitler, Osama bin Laden and serial killers Ivan Milat, Ted Bundy and Charles Manson".