Marc Jacobs Gets Heat For Cultural Appropriation, Insults Black Women In Defense
His response was worse than the rainbow dreads...if such a thing is possible.
New York Fashion Week tends to bring the drama. Supermodels fall down, shows become disasters, and then there's the constant lack of diversity. Of course, this year is no different. We're looking at you, Marc Jacobs.
For Marc Jacobs' Spring/Fall 2017 runway show, he decided to showcase his very white models with rainbow dreads. Wool rainbow dreads. FAUX wool yarn rainbow dreads.
It's only art, right? Well, in a world where black people are literally fighting for the right to wear their natural hair in the military, at work, and even at school—what is it called when that same aesthetic is used on white people and deemed the future of fashion? Cultural appropriation.
WELP! People of the internet called him out for it.
"You should've just [used] women of color instead of white people..." wrote one commenter. "Was super cool until I realized the pastel hair was in dreads...Would've been a great way to be more inclusive and have an amazing show with an otherwise-amazing aesthetic," echoed another. And then Marc Jacobs himself, ladies and gentlemen, decided to chime in, and his response was worse than those locs.
"[A]nd all who cry 'cultural appropriation' or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner- funny how you don't criticize women of color for straightening their hair," Jacobs began. "I don't see color or race," he later continued with other cliche thoughts that silence the oppression of people of color like, "Love is the answer," and "Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing."
And rightfully so- Twitter let him have it.
Next week on cultural appropriation 101? Only time will tell... soon though!
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