Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24-hours, you will have undoubtedly come across the latest scandal involving Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.
The designer duo caused outrage when they shared a video created to promote an upcoming show in China, which depicted an Asian woman eating a bowl of pasta with chopsticks. Fans, followers and social media onlookers were quick to label the video as racist.
Welcome to episode 3 with Dolce&Gabbana’s “eating with chopsticks". We will be tackling the Italian Spaghetti al pomodoro! Now even though you think they may be similar to Chinese noodles, there is a GREAT difference in the way you eat them.#DGLovesChina#DGTheGreatShow pic.twitter.com/etzd3b31xe— Dolce & Gabbana (@dolcegabbana) November 17, 2018
Never one to keep his opinions to himself – lest we forget the designer clapping back at the controversy surrounding their "#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana" t-shirts to mock Melania Trump, their hotly-debated sneakers marked with messages like, “I am thin and gorgeous”, and the blazing social media blow-out with Miley Cyrus back in June 2017 – Stefano Gabbana was quick to call out his critics, slamming China in the process.
But hot on the heels of Stefano’s Instagram outbreak was Diet Prada, the no-mercy Instagram account that calls out injustices in the fashion industry, who shared screenshots of the Italian designer’s controversial DMs.
News spread within hours, the Dolce & Gabbana team quickly sharing an announcement on social media saying both the brand's and Stefano’s personal account were hacked and, naturally, the internet has a lot to say about it whether or not that's true.
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Our Instagram account has been hacked. So has the account of Stefano Gabbana. Our legal office is urgently investigating. We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China. Dolce & Gabbana 的官方Intragram 账号和 Stefano Gabbana 的 Instagram 账号被盗，我们已经立即通过法律途径解决。我们为这些不实言论给中国和中国人民造成的影响和伤害道歉。我们对中国和中国文化始终一贯的热爱与尊重。
Who’s gonna check with instagram whether they got hacked or not?— bryanboy (@bryanboy) November 21, 2018
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People are getting titillated over the latest and perhaps grandest of Dolce & Gabbana/ Stefano Gabbana mega gaffes resulting in a cancelled show in Shanghai (one that reportedly cost 200 million RMB), countless models and celebrities boycotting attendance either out of fear, fake outrage or both, and basically a monumental waste of resources, effort and money The outrage here isn’t over the eyerollingly trite racism as displayed in the D&G promo videos depicting a model eating spaghetti with chopsticks. It’s so dumb I can’t even be bothered to expend energy on expressing anger towards it But rather this is yet another example of a misguided diva creative director in the upper echelons of the industry throwing his weight around and vomiting over social media in a reckless manner that impacts on a billion dollar company with thousands of employees as well as umpteen parts of the industry that would have been flown into Shanghai for what was supposed to be a media/celebrity fuelled extravaganza It makes a total mockery of an industry that is by and large full of hard working people that don’t grab headlines but are just making a living doing what they love It gives fuel to people who already think fashion is full of laughable airs and graces, and contributes little to society at large There are people of a certain generation in fashion that look down upon the moral finger wagging that they think is a malaise of our current times but back in the “good old days” of indulgent tantrums, it was also an industry largely talking amongst itself The fashion world has grown exponentially in size and economic rewards and so is rightly under increased scrutiny. If you want a bigger slice of the profit pie, then buck up and listen to the people. Heed the social media outcry or face sinking to irrelevance The fact of the matter is this won’t be the last in the line of botched up bad PR cover-ups (“hacked social media accounts” indeed) and neither is Stefano Gabbana the only tone deaf individual knocking around the upper ranks. Question is when will the industry truly grow up and be AWAKE, instead of simply putting on a front of marketing-obtained wokeness
lol @ Dolce & Gabbana for the classic "we accidentally made some racist content but instead of apologising for it and taking responsibility we're just gonna say our account was hacked!" pic.twitter.com/SNJdtdF972— Olly Browning (@yourolly) November 21, 2018
What's your verdict? Do you think Stefano's account was hacked?