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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 12:27AM
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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]

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Jeez, who would wear such crap anyway? Really gaudy and tacky.
Sep 27, 2012 12:25AM
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Duh!!!! Just because its "designed" by some white pretentious italian twats doesn't make it any less racist. I see it and I am not black. Referencing classic sources does not negate its basic offensiveness. It was racist in the old times. It is racist now.
Sep 27, 2012 12:25AM
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I'm a left-wing Liberal. (notice the capital "L")   I don't see a thing wrong with the earrings.  I wouldn't wear them, but I would never even have thought of such a connecting if it hadn't been brought up.  If you have a problem with this, all I can say is, "Get a life."
Sep 27, 2012 12:24AM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Aunt Jemimah earings!  CLASSIC! Where can I get a couple of pairs?
Sep 27, 2012 12:24AM
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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?

Sep 27, 2012 12:23AM
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I am so tired of the racist complaints:  can't mention black, can't mention Irish,  can't mention Japanese,  can't mention Indians.  Get a grip people!!   Banning the mention of these words will not change a person if he/she is racist.  The rest of us don't think  a thing about it.  And I believe we are the majority.
Sep 27, 2012 12:23AM
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Racist?....No.  Uuuuuuuu-Guh-Leeeeeeee!!??.........Yes.
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