Gucci has pulled a $890 sweater from its assortment after receiving an onslaught of backlash from individuals who deemed the merchandise offensive. The turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater covers the nostril and features a pink cut-out for the mouth, baring a powerful resemblance to blackface.
In the wake of the general public outcry, the luxury fashion brand has issued an apology on its Twitter account.
“Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense attributable to the wool balaclava jumper,” it reads. “We can affirm that the merchandise has been instantly faraway from our on-line retailer and all bodily shops. We take into account variety to be a basic worth to be totally upheld, revered, and on the forefront of each resolution we make.
“We are totally dedicated to rising variety all through our group and turning this incident into a robust studying second for the Gucci workforce and past.”
Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense attributable to the wool balaclava jumper.
We take into account variety to be a basic worth to be totally upheld, revered, and on the forefront of each resolution we make.
Full assertion under. pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs
— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019
Despite Gucci’s apology, many individuals weren’t so fast to forgive. Some couldn’t consider it even made it previous the manufacturing stage, not to mention be offered on the corporate’s web site. Others identified fellow luxurious trend model Prada additionally launched some questionable merchandise.
Check out the reactions under.
How does this maintain occurring with supposedly 'luxurious' manufacturers? No-one at Gucci clocked the similarity between the racist imagery of their $890 blackface jumper and Prada's keychain – the latter of which was pulled from shops lower than two months in the past? Or do they only not care? pic.twitter.com/pNxTbuJeXV
— Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (@CharlieBCuff) February 7, 2019
somebody clearly didnt let gucci know its Black HISTORY Month and NOT BLACKFACE Month https://t.co/YJSET06Yiv
— Mary (@cosmicdonutt) February 6, 2019
So @gucci places out a sweater that appears like blackface……
On Black History Month….
And then points an apology as a result of they didn't know that blackface photographs are racist.
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 7, 2019
We have ONE month to rejoice the historical past of African Americans. Feb. 2019: Multiple accounts of politicians carrying blackface. And now information Gucci was promoting a $890 blackface sweater. We are a nation desperately in want of variety coaching. #gucci #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/tHXEAP2pjN
— Michelle Singletary (@SingletaryM) February 7, 2019
First @Prada confirmed their racism with blackface collectible figurines, and now @gucci is becoming a member of in on displaying their racism with a blackface sweater! Racists now…racists perpetually! pic.twitter.com/1cXY1hv9Jc
— Halo is life!!!!! & 🍕 (@Teejgaming) February 7, 2019
Let me get this straight, @gucci points an apology for a sweater that seems to resemble blackface…I simply can’t *screaming*!
Cut the shit! Step away from blackface. It was racist and dehumanizing within the late 19th century and it’s nonetheless racist in the present day &perpetually extra pic.twitter.com/3iPiMehPiZ
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 7, 2019