Versace Mislabeled Hong Kong and Macau as Countries + 13 More TOP Brands and Celebs Involved in Cultural Insensitive Scandals


Burger King is the latest brand to spark criticism on social media with an ad depicting diners struggling to eat western food with chopsticks. Unfortunately, this brand not the only one who was involved in a cultural insensitivity or racial .

Versace mislabeled Hong Kong and Macau as countries

Source: Twitter/WWD

Versace ‘implied’ that Hong Kong and Macau, special administrative regions in China, are countries.

Also, this made Yang Mi, Versace’s China brand ambassador, to end her contract:  “The motherland’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are sacred and inviolable.”

Source: Twitter

The fashion label issued an apology:  “In recent days Versace has seen widespread discussion of one of our t-shirts. We would like to express our deepest apologies for this incident. Our design incorrectly labeled the country names for some cities…

“This is our company’s mistake and we express our deepest apologies for any harm it may have caused. Versace affirms that we love China and resolutely respect the sovereignty of its territory.”

Moreover, it stopped selling the shirt and destroyed all of the ones it hadn’t sold.

Rihanna’s Harper’s Bazaar China cover

Harper’s Bazaar China posted a number of pics of the famous singer Rihanna dressed in the Royal fashions of ancient China.

“If you wanted to create an Asian look why didn’t you invite Asian artists?” one user asked under Harper’s Bazaar’s Instagram post.

“This is a total smack in the face to the Asian culture,” one more Instagram user wrote.

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

The same discussion went over Twitter:

“She snapped but…isn’t….that…cultural appropriation?!?!” wrote one Twitter user.

“Love Rihanna but we can’t accept everything she does cause it’s her,” wrote one more.

Unfortunately, not many noticed that Chinese editors and photographers dressed her for the cover, which can’t be a cultural appropriation.


Kim Kardashian and ‘Kimono’

The reality TV show star Kim Kardashian launched her new shapewear ‘Kimono Intimates’ and faced backlash from people in Japan.

“Finally I can share with you guys this project that I have been developing for the last year. I’ve been passionate about this for 15 years. Kimono is my take on shapewear and solutions for women that actually work,” she wrote on her Instagram. 

“I would always cut up my shapewear to make my own styles, and there have also been so many times I couldn’t find a shapeware color that blended with my skin tone so we needed a solution for all of this.”

“We wear kimonos to celebrate health, growth of children, engagements, marriages, graduations, at funerals. It’s celebratory wear and passed on in families through the generations,” one Japanese woman, Yuka Ohishi, told the BBC.

“[This] shapewear doesn’t even resemble a kimono – she just chose a word that has Kim in it – there’s no respect to what the garment actually means in our culture.”


Gucci’s “Indy Turban”

Source: Venturelli/WireImage


The “Indy Full Turban” costs $800 and is sold by retailer Nordstrom. Obviously, it has drawn backlash for the appropriation of Sikh culture and values.

“The turban is not just an accessory to monetize,” Sikh Coalition wrote, adding in a tweet. It wrote: “Many find this cultural appropriation inappropriate since those wearing the turban just for fashion will not appreciate its deep religious significance.”

“As a Sikh, I see this as a huge sign of disrespect and disregard toward Sikhism,” one Twitter user said.

The item has been removed from Nordstrom’s website due to the criticism.


Burger King drops chopsticks ad after accusations of cultural insensitivity

The fast-food chain showed a video clip of diners trying to eat its new “Vietnamese Sweet Chilli Tendercrisp Burger” with large red chopsticks. Social media users say the ad, which was posted on Instagram, is culturally insensitive and plays to stereotypes. It included the caption: “Take your taste buds all the way to Ho Chi Minh City.”


Source: Twitter

 The ad was later deleted, and Burger King issued an apology, saying it was “insensitive and does not reflect our brand values regarding diversity and inclusion.”


Katy Perry “blackface” shoes

Source: Getty/Katy Perry

Looks like Katy Perry fashion line got into a huge !

TMZ reported that Katy Perry would be removing the Ora Face Block Heel and the Rue Face Slip-On Loafers ($129) from retailers (Dillards and Walmart) after the clients claimed that these resembled blackface.

The shoes have 2 eyes, a nose, and red lips. Also, they come in two different colors black and beige. However, people complained only about the black version as it looks like blackface.

Surely, the star doesn’t intend to be offensive, however, she had to remove the line from the store in order to respect her clients.


Gucci sweater 

Source: Gucci

Gucci, an Italian luxury brand of fashion, was criticized for a balaclava sweater which many people said resembled blackface.

In an official statement, Gucci announced that this particular sweater was removed from the stores and apologized for the inappropriate piece of clothing.


“We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores,” Gucci said in a statement. “We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”

This incident is a learning moment for the company and other brands around the world.

Megyn Kelly expected to leave Today Show after blackface comments

Source: NBC

Megyn Kelly is expected to wind down her 9 a.m. Today show hour by the end of the season, a source close to Kelly tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Two people familiar with the matter confirmed that to CNN Business and said Kelly’s show will be ending. Negotiations about the end date and other details are still underway. But Kelly will not be hosting Thursday’s program, and she is unlikely to return later, one of the people said. So “Megyn Kelly Today” may end very soon.

Kelly’s offensive remarks about blackface Halloween costumes on Tuesday have raised more questions about her future at NBC.

Papa John’s founder resigns as he used n-word


Source: Getty

The founder and chairman and Pizza chain Papa John’s has resigned right after he apologized for using a racial slur (n-word) during a conference call in May.

“Papa John’s condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting … We take great pride in the diversity of the Papa John’s family, though diversity and inclusion is an area we will continue to strive to do better,” the company stated.

Also, John Schnatter resigned as CEO last year, after stating that the football players kneeling during the national anthem to blame for the slowing sales growth.

Uber HR chief resigns in racism


Source: People Matters

Uber’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey has resigned after an investigation proved that she regularly ignored racial discrimination complaints.

The anonymous group of Uber workers stated that Hornsey used racially discriminatory language and made negative comments about Uber Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bernard Coleman and offended former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John.

General Electric

In 2016, 60 African American workers filed suit against General Electric for racial slurs. The suit alleged that one of the managers called discriminate colleagues by calling them N-word, “monkey,” and “lazy blacks.”

Also, he refused to allow black workers to go on the bathroom breaks and didn’t provide medical attention. Moreover, he fired black workers because of their race.

Heineken racist advert

Heineken’s new commercial for its light beer was removed after it received some complaints that it was racist. You can check out more worst advertising fails here.

Chance the Rapper was the first one to draw attention to this ‘terribly racist’ and considered the advert was intentionally provocative to stir conversation and get more views.

Here’s the advertisement itself:

ABC’s “Roseanne”


Source: ABC

ABC’s top TV show “Roseanne” was recently canceled following racist comments from Roseanne Barr, but that’s not the only show that has been closed due to controversy.

In a now-deleted tweet, Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama’s former advisor, to an ape. Barr apologized “for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” but the damage was already done.

In a statement, ABC President Channing Dungey called Barr’s statement “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” which led to the cancellation.

Starbucks launched racial-bias training

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias.

The special training will be provided to about 175,000 company’s workers. Such a decision is a reaction to the latest incident – the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks without making an order last week. The store manager called the police.

After the incident upset many customers, Starbucks issued a three-sentence apology on social media, which received even more backlash.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson had a personal meeting with the two men on Monday and apologized for how they were treated. The company says the manager who called the police is no longer working at that store.

“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.


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Versace Mislabeled Hong Kong and Macau as Countries + 13 More TOP Brands and Celebs Involved in Cultural Insensitive Scandals
Versace Mislabeled Hong Kong and Macau as Countries + 13 More TOP Brands and Celebs Involved in Cultural Insensitive Scandals
Katy Perry received backlash for a 'blackface' shoes which she had to remove from the stores. Unfortunately, this brand not the only one who was involved in a racial scandal and resigned due to inappropriate promo or behavior. Check out this and 8 more cases were brands gave racially inappropriate comments.

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