Spike Lee Boycotts Gucci, Prada Over Blackface

MILAN (AP) — Director Spike Lee says he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the brands hire some black designers, following a pair of blackface fashion fails.

Lee said on Instagram Friday that “It’s Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don’t Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP.”

Spike said the brands needed to have black designers “To Be In Da Room When It Happen.”

The personal boycott in the midst of movie awards season was a powerful message to luxury fashion houses that are already suffering backlashes for designs evoking racist images.

Gucci this week apologized for a high-neck black wool sweater that featured bright red lips when pulled over the face, while Prada apologized for a monkey bag charm resembling blackface in December.

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Front Row at Prada Men’s Fall 2019

PRADA’S BRITS: British actor Callum Turner took in his first Prada show, although he said he had been to Milan a few times. “I love Milan and managed to see friends in a short amount of time,” he said, adding a few Italian words. Coming up for Turner are a BBC “conspiracy thriller” and his role as Frank Churchill in a new rendition of “Emma,” opposite Anya Taylor-Joy playing the titular heroine. “We need more Emma,” he joked about the latest cinematic version of the Jane Austen novel. Filming “in and around England” will start in May, directed by this “really cool American photographer and director Autumn de Wilde, who did Beck’s album and lots of iconic rock ‘n’ roll photos.”
British actor Will Poulter said he was in Milan just for the Prada show, although he did manage to squeeze in one Italian meal. “Yeah, we went to Pizza Express,” joked Turner, who was sitting nearby. The Brits never leave their sense of humor behind, do they? Poulter is currently playing Colin, a computer programmer, in “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” on Netflix and will star in “Midsommar,” a film about a summer holiday gone wrong, which is due for release later this year.
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From Melania’s Jacket to Prada Blackface: The Biggest Fashion Controversies of 2018

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Any fashion news can be controversial if you write long and passionately about it on Twitter.

That said, 2018 proved to be full of scandals, snafus, and setbacks in the industry. From Marchesa to Melania, the style world saw its fair share of moments that induced many “What?”-s and “Huh?”-s or made us wonder who could have possibly approved that?!??!

Let’s take a look down a not-so-nostalgic road.

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City investigating Prada over ‘racist’ blackface merchandise

The city has launched a probe into Prada over a Soho store display that featured a line of accessories blasted as racist. The NYC Commission on Human Rights is looking into reports that a Prada employee was retaliated against for complaining about the display of “Pradamalia” keychains and other trinkets — that included a character…
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Prada Pulls Its $550 ‘Blackface’ Keychain Amid Backlash

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Luxury Italian fashion house Prada shut down a New York City storefront and pulled a keychain from its stock after the accessory went viral for resembling blackface imagery.

The complaint was first made on Twitter and Facebook by Chinyere Ezie, a civil-rights attorney and activist who works at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Ezie saw the keychain while walking past the line’s SoHo store in downtown Manhattan.

“Thanks to #blackface @Prada, now you can take #sambo home with you for the holidays #StopRacism #StopBlackface #StopPrada,” Ezie wrote on Twitter, referencing a disparaging term for black men.

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Criticized for Charms That Evoke Blackface, Prada Says It ‘Abhors Racist Imagery’

Facing online accusations that animal-like figurines and charms in its stores and windows evoke blackface, Prada Group issued a statement saying it “abhors racist imagery” and vowed to withdraw them from “display and circulation.”
In a Facebook post, Chinyere Ezie, a civil rights lawyer, said the sight of the figurines in the Italian brand’s store in New York’s SoHo district had her “shaking with anger,” describing “racist and denigrating #blackface imagery” and “Sambo like imagery.”

Ezie noted she had just returned from a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, taking in an exhibit on blackface.
“History cannot continue to repeat itself. Black America deserves better. And we demand better,” she wrote in her post, which got picked up by other blogs. “Shame on you Prada.”

In a statement to WWD, Prada said the figures are “fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre” and known as Pradamalia.
“They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation,” it

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Prada Taps J.K. Simmons for Video Project

MILAN — Prada tapped Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons to play the key role in its newest video project, named “The Delivery Man.”
Celebrating the fashion house’s Cahier handbag, the series includes three distinct yet interconnected chapters, subbed “Midnight Request,” “Woman’s Best Friend” and “Priorities of Love.”
Directed by filmmaker Ryan Hope, every short episode shows Simmons’ character valiantly facing obstacles to deliver the Prada Cahier bag — seen in three different color combinations — to a female recipient. These are embodied by actresses Pom Klementieff, Sasha Lane and Bahia Gold, respectively.
Debuted on Prada’s social media accounts and web site on Thursday, the first, high-paced episode “Midnight Request” is set in a nightclub, where Klementieff shares a short anecdote wrapped in a Prada fall dress with neon embellishments before receiving her blue and black Cahier handbag.

Available on Oct. 13 and 15, the other two chapters will be set in a Hollywood Hills mansion overly protected by a guard dog and in the delivery man’s own home, where a final, unexpected plot twist — according to Prada — will take place.

Sasha Lane will star in the second episode of Prada’s “The Delivery Man” series. 
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