Gucci withdraws jumper after ‘blackface’ backlash

Gucci withdraws jumper after 'blackface' backlash

The label’s co-founder Stefano Gabbana appeared to add fuel to the fire with a private Instagram exchange in which he used a smiling turd emoji to describe the country and referred to “China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia”.

D&G insisted his account was hacked.

The Gucci polo neck has, however, sparked far less fury online, with some coming to the defence of its flamboyant designer Alessandro Michele, known for his playful kitschy creations.

However, the brand was quick to pull the jumper, issuing a statement within hours of the first posts questioning it.

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