'Racist Earrings' Aren't Just Offensive, They're Really Tacky Too (VIDEO)

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D&G earringsI like to think style is subjective. That peplum shirt may totally rock my world, but to you, it's far too Judy Jetson. I get it. That's fair. However, some fashions should be considered awful no matter who you are. I'm talking about items that are overtly racist, like the 'Mammy' earrings Dolce & Gabanna adorned a model with during their Spring 2013 runway show.

Insulting. Appalling. And totally out of line. Just as bad is their justification for the so-called fashion.

First off, let me explain the problem with this accessory. The earrings are miniature busts of black women with huge, red lips and sporting fruit-filled turbans. It basically looks like Hattie from Gone With the Wind. Apparently the baubles were inspired by a racist caricature called a "blackamoor" that was popular in the 1700s.

Responding to the backlash, D&G posted a statement on Swide.com:

They are everywhere on the creations of Dolce&Gabbana’s SS13 collection that was presented today in Milan, but they have come a long way. Swide tells you the story of these beautiful artefacts. [sic.]

You might have seen them in some villa or restaurant or hotel in Sicily, dominating the table: colourful head-shaped ceramic vases filled with beautiful flowers. But like many things in Italy, they are more than what they seem.

The head is inspired by Moorish features. Moorish is a term used to define many peoples throughout history. Medieval and early modern Europeans applied the name to the Berbers, Arabs, Muslim Iberians, and West Africans, although it has to be said that the term ‘Moorish’ has no real ethnological value. In Sicily’s case it defines the conquerors of Sicily. The first Muslim conquest of southern Italy lasted 75 years, from 827 to 902 AD.

I'm not quite sure that explanation makes this okay. Just because it has been used for years doesn't make it appropriate. It's insulting to many people (not just Blacks). You would think that would matter -- but it doesn't. Plus, they don't even look good. They are so tacky. What's the point? Quite frankly, they should be dropped -- end of story.

However, I have little hope of that actually happening. These fancy designers don't care about how insulted some people are. Far more important is making a buck -- or, rather, big bucks. (I am sure they have an outrageous price-tag.) In fact, they probably like the shock value. No bad publicity when it comes to haute fashion, I suppose. Bottom line, this is yet another example of how these big design houses are just not in touch with us regular folks -- especially those who know racism when we see it.

See the offensive earrings on the runway about 1:15 into the video:

What do you think of D&G's "blackamoor" earrings?


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JAFE JAFE

I think the clothes were ugly and so were the earrings. I couldn't see enough to comment on the pair you mean but things in Europe are different and it explained the meaning. I guess if you don't like them, don't buy them but I'd never say there were racist because of this clip.


I think the word racist doesn't even mean anything anymore. It's thrown around too much. 


When I watch through this clip again, how can you even tell what the earrings are? They're flopping back and forth and all over the place.

zandh... zandhmom2

They're not racist or offensive. I'm not sure how a pair of earrings could possible be accused of "hating an entire race of people"

fleur... fleurdelys3110

They're certainly not racist...but they certainly are ugly.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

As a black woman, I don't find these offensive. They are simply displaying the typical black fruit market woman, usually found in the Caribbean. I'm almost positive that if the earrings had the face of the typical white woman (whatever that may be) it wouldn't offensive. 


Sidenote: Ericka, crack open that Merriam-Webster dictionairy and look up the word racism.

Amilie Rose Amor

lol @ the obvious grasping of this post.

amazz... amazzonia

As usual people want to argue for nothing....as you said the moorish figure is an historic figure of Italy, expacially from Sicily where dolce e gabbing are from. If you go to sicily you can find this figure all over, what should the Sicilian people take down all the moorish pieces of art because you consider them racist? They are not racist, but you are being stupid, is just art, like putting a Madonna (virgin Mary) on a t shirt or puttin a vintage cross around the neck..lenough is enough and star fighting for the really racist things around the world, not a pair of earrings recreating sicilian art

amazz... amazzonia

As usual people want to argue for nothing....as you said the moorish figure is an historic figure of Italy, expacially from Sicily where dolce e gabbing are from. If you go to sicily you can find this figure all over, what should the Sicilian people take down all the moorish pieces of art because you consider them racist? They are not racist, but you are being stupid, is just art, like putting a Madonna (virgin Mary) on a t shirt or puttin a vintage cross around the neck..lenough is enough and star fighting for the really racist things around the world, not a pair of earrings recreating sicilian art

amazz... amazzonia

As usual people want to argue for nothing....as you said the moorish figure is an historic figure of Italy, expacially from Sicily where dolce e gabbing are from. If you go to sicily you can find this figure all over, what should the Sicilian people take down all the moorish pieces of art because you consider them racist? They are not racist, but you are being stupid, is just art, like putting a Madonna (virgin Mary) on a t shirt or puttin a vintage cross around the neck..lenough is enough and star fighting for the really racist things around the world, not a pair of earrings recreating sicilian art

Meg Moore

think outside your small box,you politcally correct trained weasle.

Deann... Deanna2872

I don't see anything racist about them at all. I know its fashionable to turn everything into how someone is being wronged one way or another, 'just because'...but the hard truth is that not everyone is out to victimize or persecute everyone else in this world.



Sometimes an earring, is just an earring.

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