Case: Marc Jacobs was criticised for using a cast of mostly white models wearing dreadlocks in New York last year. Historically dreadlocks is a hairstyle that is usually linked to black and brown culture. It has also been seen in white counterculture from the 70s. Marc Jacobs has since said that he doesn’t believe that we should be so narrow minded adding that icon Boy George and rave culture also inspired this work.
Verdict: Although we understand why offense may have been taken we see where Marc is coming from. For art to develop, different cultural aesthetics are bound to influence artists. Always cite those references and influences.