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Dolce & Gabbana has cancelled a high-profile runway show in Shanghai following controversy over its new ad campaign and derogatory remarks allegedly made by its designer Stefano Gabbana.
The Italian fashion brand has been accused of racism after releasing a trio of videos featuring an Asian model trying to eat Italian food with chopsticks. The videos were meant to promote its new campaign DG Loves China and the show originally to be held today.
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Following the incident, screengrabs of an alleged argument with Gabbana went viral on Instagram, where the 57-year-old designer was seen making disrespectful comments about China. The brand and designer have said that their Instagram accounts were hacked.
The remarks were reposted by London-based fashion blogger Michaela Tranova, who was calling out Gabbana about the promotional videos, which showed a giggling Chinese woman dressed in new season D&G attempting to eat giant portions of pizza and pasta with chopsticks while a male narrator makes crude innuendos.
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The videos were captioned: 'Welcome to Episode 1 with Dolce & Gabbana's Eating with Chopsticks. First up today is how to use this stick shaped cutlery to eat your GREAT traditional Pizza Margherita.'
'The whole world knows that the Chinese eat with chopsticks and that the Westerners with a fork and knife!!! Is this racism?' the designer was seen allegedly saying via direct message on Instagram.
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The brand and the designer immediately released a statement saying that their Instagram accounts have been hacked and their legal office was investigating.
'We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China,' the post...
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