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.