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