Homophobe Body Shaming Racists at Dolce & Gabbana Finally Getting Some Pay Back After Racist Videos
Instagram post of Gabbana describing China as a "country of s***" follows a racist promotional video. Store closings, product purges and "not me" protests outside stores going strong. Nice job, fellas.
Dolce & Gabbana is facing backlash from racist ads that promoted a Shanghai fashion show featuring the luxury brand's collection. And, racist comments posted on co-founder Stefano Gabbana's personal Instagram account have caused celebrities to withdraw support for the brand.
The series of ads mocked a Chinese model struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks. For example, a model attempts to eat a cannoli and a bowl of spaghetti, and the narrator mispronounces the brand's name. Critics say this mocks the way Chinese people say "Dolce & Gabbana."
Dolce & Gabbana 'Eating with Chopsticks' video series www.youtube.com
A fashion blogger shared Gabbana's Instagram messages, which were racist retaliations to criticism of the ads:
"From now on in all the interviews that I will do international I will say the country of [feces emojis] is China and…we will live very well without you…China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia… If the Chinese feel offended by a girl who spells pizza or pasta with chopsticks means that those Chinese feel inferior… so you are racist because you eat dogs? … I Love all the people can see all the fake news about me!!! They make me more strong."
Customers began returning products to stores and leading fashion retailers dropped the brand. Chinese celebrities, including "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Zhang Ziyi and actor and singer Chen Kun, who were supposed to attend the fashion show last week bailed; and the brand's Chinese ambassadors, including Karry Wang Junkai, a member of the band TFBoys, and actress Dilireba, terminated their contracts.
There were also protests, including the burning of $20,000 worth of products. Insulted people claiming "Not Me" outside stores showed no signs of slowing down.
Gabbana may have been emboldened, however, by the fact that he's been unabashedly racist in the past, and the brand has not suffered.
"I love to be free," he said In a May interview ."Free, free, free, free, free. I love to say what I think."
Gabbana has previously denied sexual harassment existing in Italy and the #MeToo movement, openly called female celebrities ugly, called people fat, condemned gay parents, and under his leadership has marketed a $2,395 pair of shoes "slave sandals" (in 2016) and earrings that appeared to be blackamoor faces (in 2012).
Then he mocked protests by designing "#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana" t-shirts for $295.
China is the top consumer of luxury brands. In 2017, D&G, which has all-white executive leadership, recorded 1.3 billion euros in sales.
Domenico Dolce and Gabbana released statements saying the account was hacked, and then declared support for China and for those who worked on the show. They did not apologize until the end of the week in a video, and criticism continued after it.
Dolce&Gabbana apologizes. pic.twitter.com/eVLoHylnq6
— Dolce & Gabbana (@dolcegabbana) November 23, 2018
"Our families have always taught us to respect the various cultures in all the world, and that's why we want to ask for your forgiveness. We will never forget this experience and lesson, and this sort of thing will never happen again," Dolce & Gabbana said.
Chinese social media posts included criticism of the apology:
"We have a right to reject your apology, go make money off other countries, you aren't fit to make money in China," wrote one Weibo user according to the South China Morning Post.
"The apology was posted by the hacker," other users joked.
Others on social media pointed out the ignorance and challenged Gabbana to get educated:
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"I am an intelligent Black woman that has made a seat at the table," Karla Ferguson told DiversityInc. "My influence matters and that scares those that have to resort to fear tactics."
During Miami Art Week, one of the city's busiest times of the year, a Black-owned art gallery in Little Haiti was vandalized with a spray-painted swastika and profanity.
Karla Ferguson, owner of Yeelen Gallery, realized on Saturday morning there was a hate symbol defacing the outside of the building.
"An officer was actually parked outside the building and I went up to his squad car and told him that he had to take a look," Ferguson told DiversityInc. "He was visibly concerned and sympathetic to what it represented.
"I was told by the officer that this was likely going to be seen as a hate crime as the words 'destroy,' 'f**k' and the swastika were visible."
Ferguson, who is also an attorney, is well known in the area for creating a space to celebrate artists of color that the traditional art world usually doesn't include. She said she has "taken the business to the next level," now known as the Yeelen Group.
"Yeelen promotes diversity we tell the stories of marginalized groups, we stand for women's empowerment, we tell the stories from an African Diaspora perspective, LGBTQ rights and civil rights in general are represented when it comes to our exhibition programming," explained Ferguson.
"For the hateful that don't feel that we all deserve to be treated with respect, that don't feel civil rights are to be upheld we could be seen as a threat. We are about valuing marginalized people and showing the worth and humanity of their contributions to society."
Karla Ferguson, CEO, Yeelen Group
This is the first time a symbol of hate and threats have been directed toward her business. As Miami Art Week brings people all over the country into the area, it could have been locals or an outside influence.
Ferguson, whose business headquarters has been in Little Haiti since 2013, chose the neighborhood that is an area of Caribbean immigrants and locally owned shops, before gentrification started to occur.
Her activism through art and consulting is "aimed at providing exhibition and economic opportunities for all artists and particularly those that ask the tough questions, those that challenge our thinking and question inequities."
As a Black woman and an activist, Ferguson said being confronted with hate during a time when it's on the rise across the country only "reinforces that what I do is important, that I am on the right path."
Last month, in Los Angeles, four swastikas were found painted across the face of a Crenshaw mural depicting Black women.
"I am an intelligent Black woman that has made a seat at the table," Ferguson said. "My influence matters and that scares those that have to resort to fear tactics. I am the immigrant, the American Dream and there are people in our society that would love nothing more than to roll back the hands of time to when those that looked like me were considered three-fifths a human by law."
The difficult part for Ferguson was explaining the symbol of hate to her young daughters.
"They were upset; it makes them feel unsafe," she said. "I had to explain to my youngest what a swastika is and what it stands for. I reminded her that there are people who believe that one type of person is superior to others and that such thinking is wrong and ignorant. I told them that their ancestors survived far worse to make their lives possible and that we will continue to fight oppression and hold our heads up high while we do it.
"They know that I'm a fighter and they also know that they are as well, so we fight, we will continue to thrive, we Boss up."
"If we can connect well, we can collaborate well, and if we can collaborate well we can innovate well as an organization," says Jones, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Bayer U.S.
Funding continues to be balanced, diversified and global.
Originally Published by The Boeing Company.
Boeing anticipates stable growth and broad, diversified funding will continue to support efficient aircraft financing in the next year.
The company's annual Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook (CAFMO), released today, evaluates and forecasts financing sources for new commercial airplane deliveries in the coming year and the industry's overall delivery financing requirements for the next five years. The CAFMO also explores trends within major funding sources and their potential impact on the broader market.
"The aircraft financing market remains healthy, with adequate commercial liquidity, providing a wide range of efficient options available for our customers," said Tim Myers, president of Boeing Capital Corporation. "We expect another year of balanced funding for commercial airplane deliveries in 2019, mirroring the broader industry, primarily split between bank debt, capital markets and cash."
Boeing forecasts continued strong demand for new commercial airplanes in 2019, resulting in about $143 billion in deliveries by major manufacturers, with potential to grow to more than $180 billion by 2023.
"Driven by a growing understanding of aviation's strong growth potential and the industry's attractive returns, we continue to see innovations and first-time entrants into the market, providing increased capacity for funding new deliveries as well as pre-delivery payments, mezzanine debt financing and the secondary aircraft market," Myers said.
New to this year's report is the addition of the secondary aircraft financing market outlook, as well as expanded analysis of other funding sources, including the leasing community, tax equity and the insurance market.
Highlights of the 2019 CAFMO include:
- Funding for deliveries is expected to be balanced between commercial bank debt and capital markets and cash.
- Airlines and lessors are expected to have some of their lowest historical costs of financing.
- Capital markets continue to grow, bolstered by unsecured borrowing.
- Aircraft leasing has grown to represent more than 40 percent of in-service commercial aircraft ownership.
- Export credit agencies remain a small but critical funding source, particularly in the United States.
- Strong industry fundamentals are attracting more participants and investment in new deliveries and the used aircraft market.
The full 2019 CAFMO, as well as additional data on regional-specific financing trends and global financing markets, is available at www.boeing.com/CAFMO.
A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.
Vincent Serpico told the students that he wouldn't get in trouble for the tirade "because nobody cares."
Vincent Serpico, a teacher who taught at Piscataway High School since 2009, heard music on a boom box in a boys' bathroom. He deemed the lyrics "offensive" and ended up going off on special education students citing the song by yelling the the N-word and profanities. He has been fired.
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A service member is welcomed home with a special greeting in Toyota's latest spot.
Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.
Toyotathon is back for its 39th year with a holiday spot that showcases a heartwarming homecoming. The 90-second "Home for the Holidays" spot premiered Wednesday night, November 28th, on NBC's primetime Christmas in Rockefeller Center, with a throw from NBC's TODAY Host Al Roker.
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We've brought together the people who worked on this campaign to recall their vision back in 1993. And we've also gathered AT&T experts and futurists to predict what 25 years from now may look like.
Originally Published by AT&T.
Twenty-five years ago, we dared people to imagine a world where you could take a meeting from the beach, talk to someone through your watch, and even get directions from your car's dashboard.