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Gucci follows Prada, pulls blackface items after complaints

4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, February 07 2019 Feb 7, 2019 February 07, 2019 9:57 AM February 07, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Chicago Tribune

ROME (AP) - Gucci has apologized for a wool sweater that resembled a "blackface" and said the item had been pulled from its online and physical stores.

In a statement Wednesday, Gucci said it was committed to diversity and considered it a "fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected and at the forefront of every decision we make."

The turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater covers the nose and includes a red cut-out for the mouth. It was ridiculed on social media as insensitive and racist, at a time when the U.S. is grappling with cases of old photos of politicians with their faces blackened.

In December, Prada said it was no longer selling a line of accessories that featured a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips after complaints they resembled blackface.

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