Azealia Banks took to Twitter this weekend to denounce Dolce and Gabbana’s controversial new line, which debuted at Milan Fashion Week last month and used offensive Blackamoor images. She wrote, “Definitely boycotting Dolce and Gabbana” [SIC].
“Whoever designed that racist ass Dolce and Gabanna collection needs a swift kick in the mouth and a big dick up the ass,” the rising rapper also stated. The fashion items in question include a pair of earrings and a dress that displays images of black women clad in lavish clothing and jewelry that can be interpreted to represent slavery. Banks went on to call the images “just really unnecessary. The clothes in the collection were fine without all the ‘black mammy’ imagery.”
In response to the initial outcry, Dolce and Gabbana wrote on their website that the designs were based on Moorish figures, which can refer to many peoples throughout history; in the case of the designers’ native Sicily, the images hold particular cultural resonance. In that country, the term Moorish is a term used to define its conquerors.
Still, these explanations seem to hold little weight for Banks, who noted, “I really hate when people do corny, racist things then try to justify it as ‘art’.” The burgeoning fashionista would know; the up-and-coming musician recently designed her own shade of M.A.C. lipstick.