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Someone, most likely a lot of folks, at Prada performed themselves. The luxurious model, and particularly its Soho, NYC retailer’s storefront, face criticism and backlash for a set that appeared strikingly just like Blackface imagery that made it right into a window show.
Reports CBS News:
Chinyere Ezie was strolling previous a Prada retailer in downtown Manhattan Thursday when she noticed what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature being displayed within the entrance of the shop. In a Facebook submit, she described “shaking with anger.”
“Today after returning to NYC after a really emotional go to to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture together with an exhibit on blackface, I walked previous Prada’s Soho storefront solely to be confronted with the exact same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery,” she wrote.
“History can’t proceed to repeat itself,” she added. “Black America deserves higher.” She additionally tweeted sarcastically, “Thanks to #blackface @Prada, now you may take #sambo residence with you for the vacations.”
The Internet caught wind of Prada’s racism and has been moving into, rightfully so.
Prada issued a press release that ridiculously meh.
“The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of parts of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not meant to have any reference to the true world and positively not blackface. We abhor all types of racism and racist imagery. We will withdraw the entire characters in query from show and circulation,” a Prada Group spokesperson informed CBS News.
It’s 2018, and the blatant use of such imagery is to not be tolerated. Even extra maddening is that absolutely dozens of individuals signed off on the gathering—and that nobody stopped the show from getting created.
No one on the firm thought this was racist beforehand? Total fail.
Check out essentially the most poignant Twitter reactions within the gallery. Is Prada canceled or nah?