Di­rec­tor Spike Lee boy­cotts Gucci, Prada

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Di­rec­tor Spike Lee said Fri­day he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada un­til the brands hire some black de­sign­ers fol­low­ing a pair of black­face fash­ion fails from the ma­jor Ital­ian fash­ion houses.

Lee said on In­sta­gram that ‘'It’s Ob­vi­ous To Da Peo­ples That They Don’t Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Black­face Hate­ful Im­agery. WAKE UP.”

Spike said the brands needed to have black de­sign­ers “To Be In Da Room When It Hap­pen.”

His per­sonal boy­cott was a pow­er­ful mes­sage to lux­ury fash­ion houses that are al­ready suf­fer­ing back­lashes for designs evok­ing racist im­ages.

Lee donned Gucci on the Venice Film Fes­ti­val red car­pet last Septem­ber, fol­low­ing up with a stop by the Prada women’s wear preview show in Mi­lan later in the month decked out in a black Prada suit.

Gucci this week apol­o­gized for a high-neck black wool sweater that fea­tured bright red lips when pulled over the face, while Prada apol­o­gized for a mon­key bag charm re­sem­bling black­face in De­cem­ber. Both brands with­drew the of­fend­ing pieces from sale.

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