Dayton Daily News

Gucci, Adidas apologize, drop ‘racist’ products


Less than a week into Black History Month, Adidas and Gucci have apologized and pulled products criticized as racist. The offending Gucci item was an $890 black-knit women’s balaclava that could be pulled up over the lower half of the wearer’s face. The sweater included bright red lips ringing an opening for the mouth, a detail denounced on social media as evoking blackface imagery. In Adidas’ case, the company included an almost entirely white pair of shoes in a line of clothing and sneakers inspired by the Harlem Renaissanc­e movement.

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