It’s arguable as to whether Dolce & Gabbana‘s “Blackamoor” images sent down the Spring 2013 runway were racist in nature, but Azealia Banks has clearly taken offense to them. The rapper, who recently launched a lipstick with MAC, went on Twitter to express her disgust with expletives:

“Whoever designed that racist *ss Dolce and Gabanna [sic] collection needs a swift kick in the mouth and a big d*ck up the *ss. I really hate when people do corny, racist things then try to justify it as ‘art.’ It’s all just really unnecessary. The clothes in the collection were fine without all the “black mammie” imagery.”

Banks’ incendiary tweets will definitely sour her relationship with the designer, but many find her willingness to take a stand admirable.

Generally, celebrities not only turn a blind eye to perceived racism in fashion but they continue to support designers who ignore and, at times, attack people of color.

What do you think of Azealia Banks’ rant against Dolce & Gabbana? Should more celebrities speak out?

  • YiaYia

    Smart young lady. Hopefully more celebrities and other consumers follow suit.

  • Yb

    See absolutely correct in her statement, and other people (black celebrities) should follow her lead.

    What I’m wondering is why the word racist was placed in quotations in this article. It isn’t up for debate or questionable whether the D&G collection is racist, it is. Point, blank, period.

  • African Mami

    I do not find this chic admirable on any level, at all.

  • Comment

    Good for you Azealia. Unfortunately most of the black entertainers are mammies and toms to the industry, afraid to speak up to “massa.” All about the dollar

  • http://mommaused2say.wordpress.com mommaused2say

    Sometimes you just have to say it and she did!

  • http://twitter.com/spelledwitha_k The Real McKoy

    While she could have used better language and been a bit more tactful given her position, this line is offensive. While I doubt the original intent was to be racist (I’ve sat in on a few design direction meeting and the craziness that comes out of the mouths of some of these people you wouldn’t believe), you’re dealing with a jaded selection of creatives that are outweighing it’s potential offensiveness with how much of an impact it will have on their market. This discussion, in turn, is feeding into their machine and bringing them more press which, negative or not, is ultimately good for them. Unfortunately, the more attention brought to this buffoonery, the more D&G will stay in the spotlight.

  • lauryn

    I agree that she could have been a bit more tactful, but D&G’s actions were way out of line. You can’t tell me that they’re unaware of the cultural and historical controversy surrounding black women and the mammy figure. I’m glad she spoke out and it would be nice if other celebrities did the same. Also, I cannot help but question the model who agreed to wear the earrings. I guess they were all out of common sense that day.

  • Shirl

    Not only are the earrings offensive they are tragically ugly. I’ve never owned anything made by these folk and have never had the desire to own anything made by these folk, as I have something better for a dollar to do…people waste so much money it’s ridiculous ( Lord don’t get me started).

  • RenJennM

    I agree with her. LOL @ those saying she could’ve been more tactful. Oh, please. She expressed herself, cuss words or not. It’s about time one of these celebrities, especially a Black rapper (a female, at that), said something to ANYONE that tries to pass off historically-racist imagery as “art”.

  • EbonyLolita

    First of all MAMMY images have NOTHING to do with the Moors. Historically inaccurate excuses are just as much an insult as the actual image itself. Ppl may not agree with Banks delivery but the fact that she had the courage to address the issue is commended. Many new artists will not do this. Shewww established artists won’t do it. I think as Ms. Banks ages she’ll find different tact in handling racial issues. I remember when she addressed Iggy Azalea’s rap imagery as a slavemaster T.I. called her a “hater” and all other type of disses.
    Far too often Black A-lists don’t support each other in the disrespect to our race. I support Ms. Banks with this!!

  • Food4thought

    The show jewelery is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used to describe the Medieval Muslim inhabitants of Sicily ; a place that consistently inspires Dolce & Gabbana designs and the native country of Domenico Dolce.”

    This is from D&G, while the image may be offensive to American sensibilities it’s been used for centuries to pay homage to the history of black muslims.

    So whose sensibilities are more important?

  • Food4thought

    No real response huh? Great discussion skills.

  • Kamikak

    But wait a minute. Isn’t this the young “lady” rapper who appears on the cover of mags and in videos all raunchy and overly provocative? Well ain’t the pot calling, well you know the rest. Couldn’t her music do with out all of that? Contradiction. She makes my eyes hurt.

  • omfg

    honestly, if you watch the show, you will see stereotypical depictions of different women, including italian/sicilian women.

    i actually find their repetitive depiction of southern italian women repetitive and dumb. they just threw the other stuff in.

    as an aside, i really don’t think azealia can afford d/g collection clothes. i would be surprised if they actually cared.

    but if she wants to speak out, more power to her. too bad she has to do it with such a potty mouth.

  • http://www.sarahdjarnie.com Sarah

    Oh Jeez people….. these earrings are not racist…..
    I think too many people are taking this way too far..
    and if you need to know my nationality I am West African.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblv

    Why everything that related to black or dark skin are degrading.for me it could have
    Been a white or a green face.sorry people ,as a black woman, last Time I checked dark mammy is not a derogatory term that woman on those earring remind of a lot of African and caribbean women,nothing to be ashamed of

  • Amber

    Are the earrings racist? Perhaps not. I don’t really think so. Is it creepy to be walking around with a dangling black head on your ears? Absolutely. These earrings just aren’t wearable.

  • http://www.suedejury.com Jon Jury

    Are you from another country? In America, the term “mammy” referred to the Black slave women who would often take care of white children. It is not a pleasant thing at all.

  • http://www.globalfusionproductions.com GlobalFusionist

    Black America needs to realize that Black history did not start nor end in America with slavery. Some Sicilians actually consider themselves the Blacks of Italy and are treated as such -take that however you want to -but we must learn Black history is bigger than America and what is offensive to you from your experience may not necessarily be another Black Person’s experience. Go to Brazil, Cuba, Colombia and many other places in the world & the so called “mammy look” that is so offensive to you is very much a cultural dress of Bahianas and other global Africans. As an African -I took no offense from this at all and many of you just saw a few pictures and opinions being written about the “racist” nature of this and went along with it without delving any deeper than that- which is always problematic. What I found most offensive is that in a tribute to the Sicilian and Moor culture of Southern Italy that they chose not even use 1 Black model. Sometimes we have to learn to pick our battles and study our collective history beyond our borders- you maybe considered a minority in America, but in the world at large you are a majority get to know yourself worldwide. With the internet -global education is free but you have to seek it & want it.

  • http://www.suedejury.com Jon Jury

    What are you basing your opinions about her financial ability on? At the level of success & influence she is on, brands & stylists WILL see her as a potential vehicle for whatever they are hawking. In fact, she might not even have to pay for it. That is just the nature of the business. Her word on this issue is definitely relevant.

  • http://www.gallimaufry.ws T.

    There is nothing in there that says it’s been used to “pay homage” to the history of black Muslims in Italy. Lawn jockeys and mammy dolls were inspired by the early African American inhabitants of the United States of America and, at one time ornate ceramics depicting lawn jockeys and mammies and little black sambos and what have you often appeared in American homes, etc. That doesn’t mean they were ‘paying homage’ to black Americans.

    If there was something in your quote that indicated that the traditional “Moorish” people of Italy and/or their descendants responded to these images in a positive way and considered them homage/tribute, the issue of sensibilities would be more valid. But the only sensibilities that are highlighted are those of the white Italian designers who use the questionable image in the first place, and I’m really not convinced that I ought to give their sensibilities favourable consideration.

  • NOitAll

    Why is it always us Black Americans who have to learn something? Why can’t Africans learn our history as well and make an effort understand why these images are so hurtful and offensive to so many of us? You are here in the United States, after all. Shouldn’t you know the history?

  • http://baucemag.com Bauce

    It seems to be a celebration of West African art, not necessarily mammie-ism. It would be one thing if they labeled it as such, but that’s not the case.

  • graham

    why would you wear earrings like that? that is derogatory aND RACIST

  • http://twitter.com/JumpJunkieJoe Geechee Goddess (@JumpJunkieJoe)

    I applaud Azealia Banks for speaking up. Not many people do these days for fear of alienation.

  • MaryJane

    Why would the models wear that! At what point did it click in their mind that they were wearing big lipped black mammy heads on their ears. Maybe that’s why they didn’t hire any black models. So they wouldn’t get called out

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