Remember the offensive blackface makeup that surfaced at a Halloween party in Italy full of the fashion elite? Right after Julianne Hough was criticized for doing the same thing?
Well, the poor costume choices of the guests caused so much drama that the party hosts have released an official apology for the culturally insensitive costumes that resulted from their "Hallowood Disco Africa" theme.
Miguel Arnau, the senior fashion editor at Hercules Universal, posted to Instagram:
“As the organizers of the fashion party ‘Hallowood Disco Africa’, we would like to sincerely apologize that this private party offended so many people. It was never our intention to do so. We had named the party ‘Disco Africa’ to reflect the growing influence of Africa in the design and fashion world, not only as a growing market but also as the source of creative ideas. In retrospect, we clearly failed to think through the possible negative consequences and interpretations that might have resulted and appeared in both traditional and social media. These interpretations are all the more upsetting because most people in the fashion industry, from which we come, have always taken a strong stand against social discrimination whether on sexual, religious or racial grounds. Creative talent is what counts, not a person’s social, racial, religious or sexual background. We’re so sorry that we failed to make our position clear and gave the impression of racism. We are now much wiser and will do our very best to clarify our position in the future.”
The sad part is that most people who wore the controversial blackface makeup seemed completely unaware of the historical implications it has.
Guess ignorance isn't always bliss.
[Image via Zhanna Romashka.]
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