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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Racist what? It's a look.
My only complaint: Too much going on with the show, as presented. It's a great look, but restraint goes begging.
"Like a lampshade in a whorehose."
[quote, Phyllis Diller]
I don't find this offensive at all. Why is everything "controversial"? The things that people should get up-n-arms about, they dont. Can't we have a national day of no outrage?
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