We Should Boycott Dolce & Gabbana For Being Racist Towards Chinese People

The Promotional Videos For Dolce & Gabbana's Shanghai Show Proved Once Again That They're Racist

China has already begun boycotting the fashion house and we should follow their lead and boycott it in the United States.

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Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian luxury fashion house, had their show in Shanghai canceled by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Shanghai. The racist videos used to promote the show and Stefano Gabbana's racist Instagram direct messages to Michaela Phuong, a fashion writer, were what caused it to be canceled.

The fashion house first came under fire for their 'DG Loves China' campaign because of its offensive depiction of Chinese people. The ads were meant to create excitement for their Shanghai catwalk show called 'The Great Show,' but they failed because it actually caused China to boycott Dolce & Gabbana.

The videos featured a Chinese woman trying to eat pizza, spaghetti, and a cannoli with chopsticks. The entire video makes it seem like the woman is inferior for using chopsticks and that she is not smart enough to use a knife and fork. It implies that using chopsticks is primitive and that you are only sophisticated if you eat with a knife and fork. In the background of the videos, there is stereotypical Chinese music playing and the person behind the camera speaking to the woman pronounces Dolce & Gabbana in a way that seems to ridicule how Chinese people pronounce the brand's name. There was even an inappropriate sexual innuendo in the cannoli video where the woman is asked: "It's [the cannoli] still way too big for you, isn't it?"

These videos were posted on Dolce & Gabbana's Weibo account, which is a Chinese social media site, and the Weibo users were so infuriated by the ads that they got the videos deleted within 24 hours. However, they remained up on Dolce & Gabbana's Instagram account, but only with Chinese subtitles. This is when Diet Prada, an account dedicated to exposing the fashion industry, got a hold of the cannoli video and re-uploaded it with English subtitles to their Instagram. This prompted Michaela Phuong to send a direct message to Stefano Gabbana's Instagram account and call him out for the racist ads. He defended the ads as being a tribute to China and then claimed that it's the Chinese's problem if they feel offended by the ads. Gabbana then went as far as to say that Phuong eats dogs because she is Asian.

The screenshots of their conversation spread across the internet and it led to many Chinese models and celebrities saying that they would no longer be attending 'The Great Show.' The outrage that Gabbana's messages caused across China were what led to the show being canceled.

Gabbana has addressed the controversy on his Instagram and posted that those screenshots were not him and that his account had been hacked. The Dolce & Gabbana Instagram also posted saying their account had been hacked. Both posts claim to love China and Chinese culture, but this is just the fashion house's attempt at saving their reputation. Diet Prada shared a screenshot that showed that before Gabbana's conversation with Phuong went viral, he posted screenshots of their conversation on his Instagram story.

This racist behavior is not out of character for Dolce & Gabbana. For example, in 2012 the fashion house had models walk down the catwalk at Milan fashion week with earrings that resembled Blackamoor statues, which are racist caricatures of Black people that romanticize slavery. And in 2015, they sold shoes that they named "slave sandals with pompoms" but then changed the name to "decorative flat sandals." I doubt anyone believes that Gabbana's Instagram account and Dolce & Gabbana's Instagram account were both hacked because they have already proven for many years that they are racist.

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

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It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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