Prada pulls products after being accused of blackface imagery: We abhor racism
Prada says it will pull an animal charm and related products from its line after criticism that the trinket used imagery reminiscent of blackface.
Chinyere Ezie, a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, according to its website, called attention to the design in a Facebook post Thursday, which as of early Friday afternoon had been shared more than 6,700 times.
“I don’t make a lot of public posts, but right now I’m shaking with anger,” Ezie wrote. “Today after returning to NYC after a very emotional visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture including an exhibit on blackface, I walked past Prada’s Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery.”
Ezie included images of Otto from the Pradamalia collection. The creature is on charms that adorned bags, cardholders, phone cases, key chains, necklaces, T-shirts and other items as shown on Prada’s website. Items were available for men and women.
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