The streets aren't here for Gucci's apology over ‘racist blackface' sweater
Italian fashion giant Gucci has apologised and halted production on a new sweater that many on social media accused of resembling black face. But the streets are still not happy.
Gucci recently released the black wool balaclava which has a slit near the mouth framed in red.
From the moment the product dropped, social media users flooded timelines and Gucci's pages criticising it for mimicking the racist practice of light skinned people painting their face to appear black.
It got so bad that Gucci released a statement on Thursday apologising for the offence caused and yanking it off shelves.
But the streets weren't about to close the door on the error and continued to tweet in outrage at the product.
They called on the company to diversify within and not make "shallow PR apologies", while also calling for a boycott of all the labels products.
The reactions ranged from woke to disgust and humour.
Three things in this tweet:— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 7, 2019
1) The $900 Blackface sweater @gucci tried to sell
2) Their faux apology & claim that they value diversity
3) Their executive committee w/o a single POC—let alone Black person
They believe in diverse customers—not diverse leaders
That's NOT diversity pic.twitter.com/1uaaj2wqMq
I bet y’all not gone stop wearing Gucci.... this is unacceptable on all levels! African Americans need to make a decision to boycott against them like the Asians did Dolce & Gabbana; get some shit shaking. This dropped on Black History Month too???!?! https://t.co/XZUqJWXlXw— JAHPOPPIN ENT? (@jahpoppin_) February 7, 2019
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