Dolce & Gabbana accused of racism

Hacked or intended?

Helena Saadeh


Dolce & Gabbana accused of racism

One of the high profile fashion houses cancelled their awaited catwalk in Shanghai, China.

What's the story? Dolce & Gabbana shared a weibo Monday that was deleted immediately because of the message it contains. However, Chinese citizens were so offended that they went viral on the web and shared this video of the brand which shows a Chinese model trying to eat Italian food with chopsticks.

The social media scandal was further highlighted by the comments attacking both “Dolce & Gabbana” and “Stefano Gabbana”’s official instagram pages the day of the scheduled catwalk. In Dolce & Gabbana's defense, the brand claims that this video was a result of a hack and that it was taken down in less than 24 hours. Nonetheless, the hashtag #BoycottDolce is still on the trend list. This scandal was so hurtful for the chinese people that government authorities had to interfere and force the fashion brand to cancel the show… Chinese models who were invited were not going to show up either way after what happened. Invitees were informed about this news.

The strange part about this story is that this is the second time DG offended the people of China, in less than 18 months! Stefano Gabbana claimed that in both cases his account was hacked and that he has nothing but the best intentions to Chinese people. How things are going to end and what is the truth? Stay tuned to find out the real deal.

Updates: the designers of the brand apologized in a 85-second video leaked by their Weibo account last firday, but as you can read in the comments, the apology was not very believable or credible for the Chinese people. The show was cancelled, hashtags are still trending, people are still boycotting, and the internet is debating whether or not Stefano Gabbana’s account has been hacked.