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TI, Spike Lee call for boycott of high fashion brands after blackface fashion controversies


Filmmaker Spike Lee, rapper T.I. and others are boycotting fashion designers Prada and Gucci after both companies were accused of racism with products resembling blackface.

Lee wrote on Instagram that he would not wear either brand “until they hire some black designers.”

“They don’t have a clue when it comes to racist, blackface hateful imagery,” Lee wrote last week. “WAKE UP. Ya-Dig?”

Gucci apologized last week and pulled a black sweater with a red cut-out for the mouth that many said resembled blackface.


{mosads}The company said it is committed to “turning this incident into a powerful learning moment” and increasing diversity.

Prada came under fire in December for a line of keychains, necklaces, T-shirts and other products featuring a monkey character that some said looked like the “Sambo” figure, a racist image of a person with dark skin and exaggerated red lips.

Prada also apologized and pulled the products after saying they featured ”imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”

T.I. focused his attention on Gucci, writing on Instagram that he has been a “longtime supporter” of the brand, but that the company’s apology is “NOT ACCEPTED!”

“We ain’t going for this ‘oops my bad I didn’t mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people’ shit!!!” T.I. wrote. “Y’all knew wtf y’all was doin.”

“If we stop buying ANYTHING they MUST correct any and ALL of our concerns,” he added. “That’s THE ONLY WAY we can get some RESPECT PUT ON OUR NAME!!!!”

NBC News reported that several other black celebrities, including Soulja Boy and Waka Flocka, also criticized the companies.

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