Dolce & Gabbana Cancel Shanghai Show After Racism Scandal
The brand is under fire for their controversial ‘Chinese Chopsticks’ ad
22 November 2018
Dolce & Gabbana were forced to cancel their ‘The Great Show’ in Shanghai due to accusations of racism. The Italian fashion house has been heavily criticised for their latest ad campaign, which leans on derogatory Chinese stereotypes and shows no understanding or appreciation of the Chinese culture.
The runway show was set to take place on Wednesday 21st November, and was believed to be the largest fashion event in Asia this year. Yet, due to the huge social media storm surrounding the ad, many celebrities and influencers wanted to boycott the show.
Videos of the controversial ad campaign were shared on Weibo (China’s main social media platform), in preparation for the upcoming event. The ad featured an Asian woman struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks, which many deemed offence.
Although the footage was quickly removed, clips still remain on Instagram:
Stefano, and Dolce & Gabbana, have claimed that their accounts were hacked, stating “our legal office is urgently investing.” Via an Instagram message the brand continued: “We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China.”
It is unsure whether the Dolce & Gabbana made the decision to shut down the anticipated show, or if the government authorities stepped in just hours before the show was set to begin. Even if the campaign was not authorised by D&G, we have to wonder why it was made in the first place.