It’s arguable as to whether Dolce & Gabbana‘s “Blackamoor” images sent down the Spring 2013 runway were racist in nature, but Azealia Banks has clearly taken offense to them. The rapper, who recently launched a lipstick with MAC, went on Twitter to express her disgust with expletives:

“Whoever designed that racist *ss Dolce and Gabanna [sic] collection needs a swift kick in the mouth and a big d*ck up the *ss. I really hate when people do corny, racist things then try to justify it as ‘art.’ It’s all just really unnecessary. The clothes in the collection were fine without all the “black mammie” imagery.”

Banks’ incendiary tweets will definitely sour her relationship with the designer, but many find her willingness to take a stand admirable.

Generally, celebrities not only turn a blind eye to perceived racism in fashion but they continue to support designers who ignore and, at times, attack people of color.

What do you think of Azealia Banks’ rant against Dolce & Gabbana? Should more celebrities speak out?

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  • Black America needs to realize that Black history did not start nor end in America with slavery. Some Sicilians actually consider themselves the Blacks of Italy and are treated as such -take that however you want to -but we must learn Black history is bigger than America and what is offensive to you from your experience may not necessarily be another Black Person’s experience. Go to Brazil, Cuba, Colombia and many other places in the world & the so called “mammy look” that is so offensive to you is very much a cultural dress of Bahianas and other global Africans. As an African -I took no offense from this at all and many of you just saw a few pictures and opinions being written about the “racist” nature of this and went along with it without delving any deeper than that- which is always problematic. What I found most offensive is that in a tribute to the Sicilian and Moor culture of Southern Italy that they chose not even use 1 Black model. Sometimes we have to learn to pick our battles and study our collective history beyond our borders- you maybe considered a minority in America, but in the world at large you are a majority get to know yourself worldwide. With the internet -global education is free but you have to seek it & want it.

    • NOitAll

      Why is it always us Black Americans who have to learn something? Why can’t Africans learn our history as well and make an effort understand why these images are so hurtful and offensive to so many of us? You are here in the United States, after all. Shouldn’t you know the history?

  • It seems to be a celebration of West African art, not necessarily mammie-ism. It would be one thing if they labeled it as such, but that’s not the case.

  • graham

    why would you wear earrings like that? that is derogatory aND RACIST

  • I applaud Azealia Banks for speaking up. Not many people do these days for fear of alienation.

  • MaryJane

    Why would the models wear that! At what point did it click in their mind that they were wearing big lipped black mammy heads on their ears. Maybe that’s why they didn’t hire any black models. So they wouldn’t get called out