Gucci has issued an apology and has discontinued the sales of their $890 Balaclava knit sweater that resembles someone wearing blackface.
In the statement released via social media, the designer line delivered the same ole spiel we usually get when something like this happens.
Gucci gone learn today that an apology doesn’t make everything go away.
Peep the reactions via Twitter:
I refuse to believe NOBODY at @gucci realised this would create a 'black face' racial firestorm….
…unless every member of their staff is a complete halfwit….
..which leads me to suspect they did it deliberately…
…which, if true, makes Gucci despicably cynical. pic.twitter.com/0paM2wgM7G
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 7, 2019
We have ONE month to celebrate the history of African Americans. Feb. 2019: Multiple accounts of politicians wearing blackface. And now news Gucci was selling a $890 blackface sweater. We are a nation desperately in need of diversity training. #gucci #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/tHXEAP2pjN
— Michelle Singletary (@SingletaryM) February 7, 2019
Damn it, Gucci!!!
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 7, 2019
No one on the Gucci marketing team, saw this as a problem 😳or did they😒. Either way they probably all got fired or received bonuses. I would have an idea if this weren’t a marketing stunt-release photos of all the sweaters pulled. I doubt that any we're ever made. pic.twitter.com/wLrLvJkMyy
— RealEstate Appraiser (@NPAGroup) February 7, 2019
— Foxismonitism (@jonesisfoxy) February 7, 2019
— VENUS🦋"Viva la RESISTANCE!" (@blubuttafly16) February 7, 2019
Diversity is clearly not "at the forefront of every decision" you make when you put out products like this. These kinds of decisions also call into question how diverse your staff is, particularly the staff with decision-making power at Gucci. https://t.co/fwevaUtSgs
— Sarah Fidelibus (@makeagreatteam) February 7, 2019
My question: Is Gucci canceled or will black celebrities continue to wear it?