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Dolce & Gabbana Black Figurine Earrings and Dress: Are They Racist?

By Kim Anne Sep 26, 2012 8:16PM

Italian luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana debuted its new spring collection for 2013 this past weekend during Milan Fashion Week, but the theme of some of the items — particularly the earrings — have created some controversy. 

Dolce & Gabbana sent models down the runway wearing Blackamoor-inspired earrings, and it left some people asking a few questions about whether they were appropriate or not. 

"The earrings are reminiscent of Blackamoor statues that can be found in Italy, but more recognizably to non-Italians, Aunt Jemima dolls," says UK’s The Guardian in a story about the earrings. "That's the same Aunt Jemima that, initially conceived as part of a minstrel show, became an image that romanticized slavery and plantation life. There's no denying they're offensive."





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Sep 27, 2012 1:51AM
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This could be offensive to black people with no bodies, just heads.
Sep 27, 2012 1:51AM
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Really? Jesus Christ, this race thing is getting so damn old!! They look like the chiquita banana lady to me LoL People have to stop this racist BS it is ridiculous.
Sep 27, 2012 1:50AM
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The earrings may not be racist but they sure are ugly.  They look a decapitated fruit peddler.
Sep 27, 2012 1:50AM
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Aunt jemima wasn't that black and she had a job.

 

Sep 27, 2012 1:48AM
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No not racist at all just bad art work - people do not have anything to do with this. The artist need to go back to school and pick a better print.  Suggestion work on something more flowers, trees, birds, embroidery.  Now!  I will spend my money on Embroidery!   Thanks for Trying!
Sep 27, 2012 1:43AM
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As a Hispanic female, should I be sadddened, mad, offended and set on a warpath because of Speedy Gonzales? Oh please, get off the race issue already! No one holds you back but YOU! There's too many programs, incentives and help out there for minorities to cry foul anymore. Now back to the dress and earrings, unless there's a noose I'm not seeing around the necks of the black female characters, how on Earth would they be racist? No they're not at all.
Sep 27, 2012 1:42AM
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Whats funny is that its probably White people asking this question instead of Black people. The UK Guardian? That isn't a Black magazine. Who cares about some Aunt J earrings and a dress? Who would want to wear that anyway. They are just trying to start a controversy where there isn't one. 
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