After all these years of folks complaining about blackface images, you’d think people would learn their lesson.
If it isn’t white college kids wearing blackface, it’s a politician who I somewhat went to high school with. This idiot, Mike Ertel, dressed like a black Hurricane Katrina victim. After the 2005 Halloween-party image recently surfaced, his ass resigned from his position as Florida Secretary of State. For the record, Ertel also apologized.
Now, Italian fashion brand Gucci has stirred up blackface controversy. Gucci was selling a women’s jumper resembling a stereotypical black person image, the offensive red-lipped image folks used to see eating watermelon on a US post card. At the top of the jumper, red lips cover the cut-out at the mouth. Also, the rest of the jumper is black.
After receiving backlash, Gucci yanked the jumper off it’s online website and yanked it from its stores. Also, Gucci apologized “for the offense”.
In a statement, Gucci also said this:
“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.”
“We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organisation and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”