Dolce & Gabbana co-founders apologize for controversial remarks 時尚精品創辦人 為爭議性言論滅火

Fri, Nov 30, 2018 - Page 15

In the wake of a public relations disaster, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, co-founders of Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana, issued a video apology last Friday for controversial remarks made by Gabbana. After the brand’s latest advertising campaign was criticized for being racist, Gabbana had apparently written in an Instagram message that “the country of [five poo emojis] is China.”

The promotional videos, featuring a goofy Chinese woman struggling to eat pizza, spaghetti and cannoli with chopsticks, sparked criticism from consumers, who thought it disrespectful to Chinese culture. After Gabbana made his comments online, models and celebrities, including actress Zhang Ziyi, pulled out of the brand’s Shanghai fashion show, which was eventually cancelled.

Although the brand claimed that Gabbana’s Instagram account had been hacked, the case snowballed, and many e-commerce sites removed its products. The brand withdrew from Taiwan’s market in 2015 due to poor sales.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)