21 Nov

Dolce & Gabbana Show Cancelled Amid Accusations of Racism

Dolce & Gabbana’s high-profile catwalk show that was supposed to take place today, Wednesday November 21, in China has been cancelled amid racism outcry. It all started with what many in China perceived as a racist marketing campaign. Things then got worse when ignorant and racist comments and DMs from Stefano Gabbana and the official Dolce & Gabbana Instagram page were made public and widely shared on both Chinese social media and Instagram.

A Dolce & Gabbana shit show

On Monday, the Italian brand posted a series of videos on Weibo – a Chinese social media app – of a Chinese model trying to eat Italian food with chopsticks. The Chinese model came across as stupid and underdeveloped. The videos were as ignorant as it gets and started a social media storm. In a desperate move of the brand, the video was removed from all of D&G’s social media accounts after 24 hours. But it was already too late as the controversial video was widely shared on Instagram and Weibo. That’s when #BoycottDolce first appeared, trying to boycott the catwalk show that was going to take place in Shanghai, two days later.

It all got worse on the day of the show, when comments of Stefano Gabbana were made public. The comments were made earlier that same day to an Instagram user who called out the brand on her Instagram stories. In response to those stories, the designer stated that he would have never taken down the ignorant campaign video and that it was only taken down because of his “stupid office” and the superiority of the Chinese. Screenshots of the conversation were later shared by the infamous DietPrada account and things escalated quickly after that.

Screenshot of a conversation between @michaelatranova and Stefano Gabbana on Instagram

Later, another Instagram user who also called out Dolce & Gabbana got a few lovely DMs from the brand’s official Instagram page as well. The brand first sent a DM saying “Oh ok you were the bitch that talked to the stupid fashion blog”. They later went on by saying “Ni hao stupid bye”, which is funny because “Ni Hao” means hello and not bye. The Dolce & Gabbana official instagram page finished off by sending a series of middle fingers and “eat dogs bitch im block you”.

Boycott Dolce

After this mess was made public, shit went down. Word is that the models, who were already getting ready for rehearsals, collectively walked out of the show venue. We praise them for their courage, as they were putting their careers on the line by doing it! After that, Chinese celebrities started refusing to attend the show and Chinese modelling agencies were withdrawing all of their girls from the show. Among the celebrities who are now boycotting the brand are Zhang Ziyi, Li Bingbing, Chen Kun, Wang Xiaoming, Donnie Yen and many more.

When the news broke, editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung apparently left Shanghai. Chinese celebrity Chen Kun, who had just landed in Shanghai for the event, didn’t even leave the airport and told fans he was going back home. Later, it was announced that the Chinese government officially cancelled the event.

Show invitees have been informed that the 500-look runway event will no longer go ahead. Dolce & Gabbana also claims that its Instagram account and the account of Stefano Gabbana had been hacked. Which obviously nobody believes.

UPDATE: according to DietPrada and multiple other sources, about 200 employees brought into Shanghai to work on the show were held at the venue with their passports seized for a 4 hour government investigation. They were escorted  back to their hotel after. There are also strong rumors that designers Stefano and Domenico were with the Chinese police for a period of time. 

Screenshot of a conversation between the official Dolce & gabbana Instagram page and an Instagram user.

D&G stands for Done and Gone

This isn’t the first time Dolce & Gabbana or Stefano Gabbana did something stupid, racist or ignorant. The designer often publicly supports Trump and everything he stands for. In 2015 the designer stated that children born through IVF are “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog.” He later added that the only true family are the ones with a man, woman and children. Not gay families.

Stefano Gabbana himself is also one of the most famous bullies on the internet. He often comments on Instagram posts of women, telling them they’re ugly. He did so with Selena Gomez, for example. But Selena isn’t the only one who has been the victim of Gabbana’s cyber bullying. He recently commented on a photo of the Kardashians saying they are “the most cheap people in the world”.

We at Enfnts Terribles stopped covering the D&G shows a few seasons ago, because of everything that is stated above. As a magazine, we don’t support racism, ignorance or plain stupidity. We also wonder how long big publications like Vogue and Elle are going to keep accepting Dolce & Gabbana’s advertising money. With the upcoming award season ahead, we’re very curious to see who will be wearing Dolce & Gabbana on the red carpet. We know that there are big amounts of money involved in these endorsements, but we can hope that people are finally going to see the Italian brand as the ignorant people that they’ve always been.

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