Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

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."





Tell us on Facebook: Do you think these earrings are controversial?

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking/Getty Images 

More from Living:
How to Have a Career as a Fashion Buyer
Tips to Flatter a Boyish Figure
Build Your Wardrobe With 7 Fashion Staples

A Pregnant Model Walks the Runway
50 Beauty Products to Buy Before You Die

1001Comments
Sep 27, 2012 12:25AM
avatar
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
avatar
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
avatar
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Aunt Jemimah earings!  CLASSIC! Where can I get a couple of pairs?
Sep 27, 2012 12:24AM
avatar

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
avatar
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
avatar
Racist?....No.  Uuuuuuuu-Guh-Leeeeeeee!!??.........Yes.
Sep 27, 2012 12:21AM
avatar
Give Me A Break -  This Article Stiring Racism is Closer to Reality !
Sep 27, 2012 12:19AM
avatar
Get real you PC idiots. Blackamoor jewelry has been popular forever. If you think this is racist, then you have skin color on the brain much more than the rest of us. Condemn yourselves.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...