TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh
#Prada is being called out for using blackface-style imagery in at least one of its #NewYorkCity storefronts and online.
The images consist of a black caricature with exaggerated big red lips, according to @cbsnews.
I’m sure whatever team that saw the new holiday marketing campaign before it hit stores is wishing they had caught this one because the pics hit social media and now people are lighting the luxury brand up, accusing Prada of being racist.
People are calling for Prada to get rid of the items completely.
Chinyere Ezie was walking past a Prada store in downtown Manhattan Thursday when she the display. She described it as a “racist and denigrating” caricature and took to Facebook to voice her anger.
“Today after returning to NYC after a very emotional visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture including an exhibit on blackface, I walked past Prada’s Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery,” she wrote.
“History cannot continue to repeat itself,” she added. “Black America deserves better.”
Ezie also tweeted sarcastically, “Thanks to #blackface @Prada, now you can take #sambo home with you for the holidays.”
Prada responded to the claims with a statement today, saying that they “abhor racist imagery” and will remove the characters in question — part of the designer’s “Pradamalia” collection. It said they were envisioned as “imaginary creatures” and were not meant to mimic blackface caricatures.
“The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. We abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. We will withdraw all of the characters in question from display and circulation,” a Prada Group spokesperson said.
#Roommates, what are your thoughts on Prada’s new campaign? Let us know!