“Some might argue that they’re harmless, even cute, but there’s nothing cute about two white men selling minstrel earrings to a majority non-black audience. There wasn’t a single black model in Dolce & Gabbana’s show, and it’s hard not to be appalled by the transparent exoticism in sending the only black faces down the runway in the form of earrings. Pandering to a long-gone era is hardly surprising in 2012, when people can’t even take a photo of a baby without sticking a “vintage” sepia filter on top. Bygone eras and cultures are constantly drawn on by fashion designers to re-appropriate on a whim. But when you’re explicitly pandering to such a shameful era of western racism and colonialism, it’s time to move on to the future.”
The Guardian has an article about the D&G show. (via tesseralharmonics)
D&G has responded in an indirect form at their website Swide,
You might have seen them in some villa or restaurant or hotel in Sicily, dominating the table: colourful head-shaped ceramic vases filled with beautiful flowers. But like many things in Italy, they are more than what they seem.
The head is inspired by Moorish features. Moorish is a term used to define many peoples throughout history. Medieval and early modern Europeans applied the name to the Berbers, Arabs, Muslim Iberians and West Africans, although it has to be said that the term ‘Moorish’ has no real ethnological value. In Sicily’s case it defines the conquerors of Sicily. The first Muslim conquest of southern Italy lasted 75 years, from 827 to 902 AD.
Read the rest at the link.
Some interesting/ infuriating info at the Wiki page for blackamoors. It may be a part of your history but better judgement should have been exercised.
It’s also terrible because while this is considered high fashion and luxury, actual black people in Italy (particularly refugees) are segregated and “abandoned to a life of poverty and isolation.”
D&G is still awful.
“STOP CASUALLY DISMISSING OUR OPINIONS AS “#WHITE THOUGHTS” LIKE IT ACTUALLY MAKES THEM LESS VALID. IT IS EQUALLY AS IGNORANT, RACIST TO IGNORE OPINIONS ABOUT SCIENCE OR ART AS “#BLACK/#MEXICAN/#ASIAN THOUGHTS IN OUR PoC SPACE.” AND SAYING “FUCK OFF, NEGRO/SPIC/JAP/CHINK, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO INVADE OUR [WHITE] SPACE.” Go on, surprise me by actually responding with something well-thought and perhaps persuasive.
Mark, I bet you £5 that this post will be labelled, in some way, as #white thoughts and the message will be lost. But, of course, that wouldn’t be racism.
OOoOoh, the fucking irony. Stop getting periods over your (or more correctly, my) skin tone and focus on yourself as a person instead of a caricature. Read a fucking Ayn Rand book or something. Or do you think that typing in ALL CAPS to some “privileged whiteys” is going to do anything constructive towards racism besides convince us that you’re no fucking better?”
“Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed an executive order directing state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to young [undocumented] immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration program.
Brewer’s order issued Wednesday says she’s reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to [undocumented] immigrants.”
“I turned against the left wing because they don’t like genetics, because genetics implies that sometimes in life we fail because we have bad genes. They want all failure in life to be due to the evil system.”
-James Watson (via opinionatedwiley)
This is the dumbest quote of all-time for a lot of reasons but let me just clarify that some of the first great minds within genetics, for example Nobel Prize winner Muller & free loving Calvin Bridges, were hardcore communists/Marxists. Calvin Bridges opted to practice what he preached by sleeping with everyone in NYC. Furthermore genetics doesn’t imply any of that and in instances where it may, fail is a very stupid way of qualifying it.
The final sentence is just terrible. I think a part of me died after reading it.