Dolce & Gabbana Called Out For Racism Yet Again

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I mean...

Can Dolce & Gabbana just stop? The brand is currently under fire for a racist video series posted to its Instagram, which many are saying parodies and mocks Chinese people. This comes after the brand and its designers have been called out for racism, homophobia, and copying designs.

The three-part "Eating with Chopsticks" series features an Asian model attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks, with a narrator instructing her in a Chinese language. The audience is supposed to laugh at the woman trying and failing to eat pizza, spaghetti, and an oversized cannoli with chopsticks, or at the narrator mispronouncing certain English words. Obviously, it's not funny, it's offensive.

Fashion watchdog Diet Prada, who added the subtitles to the video, says the series is "pandering at it's finest, but taken up a notch by painting [Dolce & Gabbana's] target demographic as a tired and false stereotype of a people lacking [the] refinement/culture to understand how to eat foreign foods." While the brand has taken the videos off of Chinese social media platform Weibo following the backlash, they remain on the brand's Instagram page.

"Eating with Chopsticks" is just part of a slew of visuals posted to the brand's Instagram that have Chinese influences, which is no doubt a promotion of its "The Great Show" event being held in Shanghai tomorrow. Though we're still not sure what the brand was trying to do with this campaign.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.