By now, we all know the big three: 1. It shows Chinese people as ill-cultured buffoons 2. The Chinese narrator seems to intentionally mispronounce the label in a mocking accent.
The brand came under fire for an ad which many believe leaned heavily on derogatory stereotypes about Chinese culture. Alongside the ad, comments surfaced online appearing to show Stefano Gabbana slamming Chinese culture, insinuating that Chinese people eat dogs, and remarking that the "superiority of the Chinese" is "stupid. The show was allegedly shut down by government authorities, and invitees have been notified of the cancellation.
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Speaking out for the first time since November, when the fashion house was forced to apologize over accusations of racism, model Zuo Ye claimed that she received threats, online attacks and harassment following the outcry. Zuo was pictured attempting to pick up pizza, spaghetti and cannoli to the sound of stereotypical Chinese music. A narrator is heard offering seemingly patronizing advice such as "don't attempt to use the chopsticks as knives" and "just use your chopsticks like pliers. A social media storm followed when a number of offensive private Instagram messages -- allegedly sent by the brand's co-founder Stefano Gabbana in response to criticism of the videos -- went viral.
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The company blamed hackers for the anti-Chinese insults, but the explanation felt flat to many and the damage was done. The Milan designers canceled the Shanghai runway show, meant as a tribute to China, as their guest list of Asian celebrities quickly joined the protests. Then, as retailers pulled their merchandise from shelves and powerful e-commerce sites deleted their wares, co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana went on camera — dwarfed against the larger backdrop of an ornate red wall-covering — to apologize to the Chinese people.
Milan Fashion Week — especially its most high profile shows — is widely covered by media around the world. This led to a cancelled show in Shanghaiand most recently Chinese media has chosen to boycott Dolce's show in Milan. According to the South China Morning Postthe Asian media section at the show venue was "less than a third of its usual size.
Marked with the hashtag DGLovesChina, the videos feature an Asian model attempting to eat various Italian foods with a pair of chopsticks. But according to a report by Jing Dailyfollowers took issue with everything from the "outdated" and "messy" decor in the background to the "stereotypical" look of the model. One video in particular, in which the model attempts to eat a cannoli, has the male narrator asking the female model, "Is it too huge for you? But despite the fact that the social media outlet is blocked in China, angry users have found their way to the brand's Instagram page as well, leaving comments like, "Well, why do you think you have the right to teach Chinese how to use chopsticks in the rudest and inappropriate way?
Throughout the clips, a Chinese-speaking narrator is heard teaching the model how to go about eating the meals. The ads immediately triggered backlash over their outdated stereotyping of Chinese people. It attempts to target China, but instead mocks them with a parodied vision of what modern China is not…a gag for amusement.
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