Azealia Banks has quite a relationship with fashion. Her unique look has earned praise from fashionistas, and over the summer, she was anointed the face of Alexander Wang’s T diffusion line. She also had her very own shade of limited edition lipstick from MAC. Now, the outspoken rapper, known for her Twitter tiffs with other artists, has turned her rage to Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, accusing the designers of racism.
Banks was incensed that D&G used “black mammie” imagery its new line, declaring her commitment to boycotting the brand.
She tweeted: “Whoever designed that racist ass Dolce and Gabanna collection needs a swift kick in the mouth…” She also posted something else that was really vulgar, but we left that part off. But clearly, the collection inspired Banks’ ire. Read more…
Yesterday. we were aghast to hear that a 20-year-old Louisiana woman named Sharmeka Moffitt claimed she had been attacked by three men and set on fire, burning the majority of her body, in a hate crime.
Last night, police confirmed that Sharmeka Moffitt actually faked the “attack,” scrawled the n-word and KKK on her car, and set herelf ablaze. Keep reading »
UPDATE: Police now say Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and wrote “KKK” and a racial slur on her car herself. She is still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisiana. [MSN]
There are no words to really describe this: the FBI in Louisiana are investigating a possible hate crime attack by the Ku Klux Klan on Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, on Sunday evening. Police say Moffitt called 911 to report that three people in white hoodies attacked her. The men pounced on Moffitt while she was exercising alone in a park in Winnsboro, set her on fire, and spraypainted “KKK” on her car. Sharmeka Moffitt has third-degree burns over the majority of her body and has been hospitalized in critical condition. Our thoughts are with her and her family. [KLFY, UPI, The Franklin Sun]
Because fashion never puts a moratorium on being weirdly racially-charged (but not quite “racist”): French house Céline showed yesterday at Paris Fashion Week, and while the clothes were perfection (as Céline is wont to be), things got weird with the footwear, including some AstroTurf offerings and, um, these. They’re to die for, I know, but don’t get too attached: they only come in one shade, Caucasian. Honestly, I think this is less of a “diversity oversight” and more like this may very well be the only pair because who would actually wear them? Seriously, who? What’s bothering me infinitely more than the racial implications is the realistic bunching (wrinkles?) around the heel. I’m gagging. [NY Mag]
Update 9/27/12: Following the controversy over these earrings, Dolce & Gabbana has given an explanation: the jewelry is “a reference to Sicily’s traditional Moorish-inspired artifacts.” Vogue UK explains, “The show jewellery is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used to describe the Medieval Muslim inhabitants of Sicily.” [Vogue UK]
Lots of conversation in The Frisky offices just now about whether these Dolce And Gabbana earrings of a black woman with a basket of fruit on her head are straight-up racist or just … odd. On the one hand, the earrings depict a very stereotypical, some might say colonialist, idea of a black woman: very dark skin, a head scarf wrapped on her head, the basket of fruit. The earrings are worn by a model who appears at first glance to be Caucasian and Dolce and Gabbana is a European luxury company, which makes it seem as if wearing “black women’s heads as earrings” is a fashion statement about how “exotic” black people are. (Another “exotic” example? Victoria Secret’s “Sexy Little Geisha” outfit.) And it’s not just the earrings that raised eyebrows; style blog Refinery 29 reports Dolce and Gabbana’s spring 2013 collection included “burlap dresses” and “fruit cornucopias” which suggested an ode to “a long-lost colonial era.” Keep reading »
Sometimes brands are so dopey that you almost feel bad for them for not realizing they were being racist. (Almost.) First Paul Frank were ding-dongs with their Native American tee-pees-and-tomahawks party on Fashion’s Night Out. And now Victoria’s Secret is selling an outfit called “Sexy Little Geisha” featuring an “Oriental” patterned fan and hair sticks with tassles to put in your hair. Keep reading »
Anyone out there in the Frisky-verse speak Dutch? Because I would really love to understand what is going on in the trailer for “Only Decent People” (“Alleen Maar Nette Mensen”), a new film in The Netherlands that many people are decrying as racist. The film is about a white Jewish guy who dumps his white girlfriend when he realizes that he really loves a woman with a big booty, so he starts dating black women. Clutch Magazine reports that the black community in The Netherlands is cricizing the film and the novel it is based on, for portraying black women as “hyper-sexual” and most valued by society for the size of (some of) their asses. And watching the trailer, even in Dutch, it’s not hard to see how they came to that conclusion. Keep reading »
CBS’s new fall show “Elementary” has not even premiered yet, but already nerds everywhere are boycotting it. Why would people write off this modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller so soon?
There are a bunch of (not very good) reasons. Keep reading »