Racist Or Not: Dolce & Gabbana’s “Mammy” Earrings
Yes, what you are looking at right now is not a joke. Dolce & Gabbana decided to create earrings that are inspired by the Blackamoor Mammy. The earrings feature a black woman with a fruit basket on her head and were clipped on to a model during a recent showing of their Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
Well, D&G doesn’t think you should be. After the initial uproar, the company’s magazine released the following statement that sets out to prove they aren’t racist.
The show jewelry is reminiscent of ornate ceramics that often appear in Sicilian homes, restaurants and hotels. The head is inspired by traditional Moorish people, a term used to describe the Medieval Muslim inhabitants of Sicily – a place that consistently inspires Dolce & Gabbana designs and the native country of Domenico Dolce. Traditionally, the heads are then covered with an Italian tin glaze that gives a shiny finish and painted in vibrant colors to symbolize stories and legends from Sicilian towns.
Sounds like a pile of bullsh*t to me. No matter how many ways you slice it, it’s still an image that black folks don’t liken to “fashionable.” What’s next? A black child spitting watermelon seeds on a t-shirt?