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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Can clothes ever be racist?

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/azealia-banks-boycotts-dolce-gabbana-over-racist-clothes
Azealia Banks Boycotts Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Racist Clothes'

http://www.dolcegabbana.com/dg/fashion-show/woman/runway/
Video of the D&G 2013 Spring Collection complained of by rapper Azealia Banks

Can clothes be racist?

It is true that white people often do not look their best when they have to wear colourful clothes because their complexions come out as pallid and grey when they are swathed in bright colours.  But is that racist?

If so, then The Mikado (an opera by Gilbert & Sullivan with English people dressed up in kimonos) would be considered racist.

There was a dreadful film I saw called The Last Airbender with all the different races dressed up in Chinese clothes, with a Pakistani villain.   Was that racist?

Why were there no black models wearing the clothes that were clearly more suited for those of a darker skin?

Who knows, but is that racist?

My guess is that Azealia Banks and D&G are in it together for a bit of publicity.  

I would never have even looked at the clothes otherwise if not for the fact that I wanted to satisfy my curiosity about how clothes could possibly be racist.    

Racist clothes?

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