Gucci gets BLASTED for racism and apologises after backlash

In the new winter collection launched by the luxury brand, one sweater in particular reminded people of blackface. The brand received huge backlash and the sweater was pulled down after it.
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The world of fashion is not new to controversies - the biggest being Dolce and Gabbana's racist ad campaign which targeted the Chinese. While the world is still recovering from that, luxury brand Gucci was blasted on social media. 
Users noticed that a sweater distinctly resembled blackface (a form of make-up used by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person). The sweater, priced at $890 was called the Balaclava Knit and a part of the brand's Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. The sweater covers the bottom half of the face with a large cutout at the lips area with the patch painted red. 

Users did not censor their words when calling out the brand for racism. "Ah yes, black face but make it fashion," one person tweeted. Another said, "Happy Black History month ya'll". 

It is genuinely terrible that at a time when brands and fashion houses are trying to be inclusive with even giving a platform for transgenders to showcase their works at New York Fashion Week, one of the biggest brands pulls such a stunt. 

Post receiving backlash on the outfit, Gucci pulled the product from the website and stores and released a statement about the same. "Gucci deeply apologises for the offence caused by the wool balaclava jumper. We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make," the statement read. They also called the situation a "powerful learning moment for the Gucci team."
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