Gucci pulls 'blackface sweater' from stores after complaints
Turtleneck featuring red cut-out for mouth criticized on social media
Gucci has apologized for a wool sweater that resembled a "blackface" and said the item had been pulled from its online and physical stores, the latest case of an Italian fashion house having to apologize for cultural or racial insensitivity.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, Gucci said it was committed to diversity and considered it a "fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make."
Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.<br>We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. <br>Full statement below. <a href="https://t.co/P2iXL9uOhs">pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs</a>—@gucci
The turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater covers the nose and includes a red cut-out for the mouth. It was ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist, at a time when the United States is grappling with cases of old photos of politicians with their faces blackened.
In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.
And last year, Dolce & Gabbana cancelled a Shanghai runway show and apologized after complaints that an advertising campaign featuring a Chinese model trying to eat pizza, spaghetti and a cannoli with chopsticks was culturally insensitive.