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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 12:25AM
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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.
Sep 27, 2012 12:21AM
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Give Me A Break -  This Article Stiring Racism is Closer to Reality !
Sep 27, 2012 12:19AM
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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.
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