Dapper Dan has made an official statement following the backlash against Gucci‘s “blackface” sweater. The polo neck was pulled from stores last week after social media users had pointed out its resemblance to blackface.
So @gucci puts out a sweater that looks like blackface……
On Black History Month….
And then issues an apology because they didn't know that blackface images are racist.
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 7, 2019
On Instagram, Gucci collaborator Dapper Dan shared his reaction to the sweater, writing, “There is no excuse nor apology that can erase this kind of insult.”
In his post, Dapper Dan revealed that Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri is going to meet with him and community leaders in Harlem this week. “There cannot be inclusivity without accountability,” the designer’s note continues. “I will hold everyone accountable.”
After the backlash, Gucci posted an apology on Twitter, writing that it intended to turn the incident into a “powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”
Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.
We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.
Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs
— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019