Dolce & Gabbana are no strangers to controversy and now the brand has cancelled its upcoming Shanghai catwalk show following a backlash to what has been perceived as a racist marketing campaign. The video, posted on Weibo on Monday November 19 showed a Chinese model eating Italian food with chopsticks and was taken down in under 24 hours following an outcry.
The backlash worsened with a series of offensive comments made on Stefano Gabbana and D&G’s Instagram accounts. The brand now claims the account was hacked but the screenshots have already been widely shared on social media and the hashtag #BoycottDolce was a trending topic.
As a result of this, the event has now been cancelled. This marks the second time D&G has landed itself in hot water over racist messaging in a relatively short time, with the brand last facing backlash for a #DGLovesChina campaign that locals felt looked backwards and underdeveloped.
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As @dolcegabbana prepares to mount their next runway show in Shanghai this coming evening (7:30PM) and the rest of Instagram fawns over what’s sure to be an overly lavish “love letter” to China, we’ll be wondering if we’ll see chopsticks as hair ornaments, take-out boxes as purses, or even kimonos misappropriated as Chinese costume. Time will tell. For now, we’ll let y’all simmer on this DM between Stefano and Dieter @michaelatranova (chronology is reversed in slides). Word has it that they’re still in the process of model casting (over 200 Asian girls scheduled)…wouldn’t let them walk the show if we were their agents lol. Also, curious what the Chinese government will think of their country being called shit basically…especially considering how strict they are on who to allow to enter the country on work visas based on a thorough social media background checks. • #DGTheGreatShow #DGlovesChina #runway #fashionshow #cancelled #racism #dolceandgabbana #altamoda #rtw #dgmillennials #stefanogabbana #shanghai #chinese #china #wtf #dumb #lame #asianmodel #asian #dietprada