Luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana presented their Spring 2013 collection on Sunday — and while the toy soldier printed dresses and striped rompers were kitschy, it was the images of dark-skinned, slave-like African women splashed on burlap-sack frocks and adorning the ears of models that made some people cringe.
In fact, the folks over at Refinery29.com called the looks “cartoonish, debasing, subaltern imagery that would make even your politically incorrect Grandpa think twice.” Ouch.
Huffington Post has a poll asking whether or not people find this racist. In my humble opinion, yes it is. I really wish the fashion industry would stop using black women’s bodies as accessories and costumes. It’s beyond insulting. Right now, the poll is at 42% of people thinking it’s racist and 57% thinking it’s not. I don’t have the heart to look at the comments.
Not only is this racist, it’s also ugly. When the hell did wearing caricatured racial depictions of disembodied heads become a thing?
I think it’s time to tumblr bomb this poll - go to it, people!