Prada Responds To Backlash From Blackface 'Gifts' And Twitter Reacts

Prada Responds To Backlash From Blackface 'Gifts' And Twitter Reacts

While in the nation's capital, she visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"When I asked a Prada employee whether they knew they had plastered blackface imagery throughout their store, in a moment of surprising candor I was told that *a black employee had previously complained about blackface at Prada, but he didn't work there anymore, *" she added.

Prada has announced it will pull certain products from its Pradamalia line after the company was widely accused on social media of using blackface imagery in its products and a store display. Prada also said on Twitter that the products are no longer for sale and any corresponding imagery will be removed from circulation.

Pradamalia appearing in a Prada store, attached to a bag. "They are imaginary creatures not meant to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface", a Prada Group spokesperson said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

In a statement, the designer brand said that it "abhors racist imagery" and denied knowledge of the connotations to the Sambo-esque cartoon figures popularised in the USA during the early 20th century Jim Crow era. Black America deserves better.

'History can not continue to repeat itself. And we demand better.

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According to CBS News, the character is part of the luxury brand's "Pradamalia" collection.

Until then please repost and retweet @Prada using the hashtags #StopBlackface #BoycottPrada #EndRacismNow'.

British PR consultant Ronke Lawal tweeted: "Not one person looked at this concept and was able to see what was wrong with the imagery?" Outrage at the video eventually resulted in a boycott of the brand and cancellation of their impending fashion show after co-designer Stefano Gabbana's xenophobic messages were leaked. "Having escaped the labs, the Pradamalia have arrived in Prada stores and at prada.com in time for the holidays".

I want to know who was in the room at Prada when they made a decision to launch little monkey keychains with black faces and red lips. Specifically, the "Otto" and "Toto" characters bear an uncanny resemblance to the 1899 children's book caricature, Little Black Sambo.

By this morning, word of the rising furor had reached the store in Manhattan where Chinyere saw the display.

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