Gucci Apologizes After Social Media Backlash

Kate Enright

What were they thinking? Social media raised an eye at Gucci’s$900 controversial ‘Balaclava Jumper’ sweater. The turtle neck, which completely covers the bottom half of the white models face from the eyes down, features red lips surround a mouth slit, resembling blackface. The item has since been pulled from the shelves. Gucci released a statement this week apologizing.

The issue begs the question, why does the fashion industry still make this ridiculous mistakes? Last year, Prada caused an uproar with their monkey charms with racial undertones. H&M was also under fire for their ad featuring an African American child wearing a hoodie with the slogan, “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” In today’s social climate, it’s always best to take a step back and examine your choices, especially when releasing a racist product during black history month. What do you think about the latest luxury brand scandal? Sound off in the comments.

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