The 21-year-old Harlem rapper Azaelia Banks will be staging a boycott of Italian designer Dolce & Gabanna criticizing the spring 2013 collection the company debuted last month. The Italian fashion house raised some eyebrows when they sent an army of all-white models down the runway donning controversial earrings featuring dark-skinned women wearing burlap dresses and plantation-era cornucopias.
Banks may be the loudest voice yet, as she laid into the designer on Friday via Twitter.
“Definitely boycotting Dolce & Gabanna,” the rising star tweeted. “Whoever designed that racist ass Dolce and Gabanna collection needs a swift kick in the mouth and a big d–k up the ass.”
“I really hate when people do corny, racist things then try to justify it as ‘art,’” She added.
Dolce & Gabbana representatives said that the imagery used is said to be inspired by their Sicilian roots.
“The head is inspired by Moorish features. Moorish is a term used to define many peoples throughout history,” the article explained. “In Sicily’s case it defines the conquerors of Sicily. The first Muslim conquest of southern Italy lasted 75 years, from 827 to 902 AD.”
Regardless of its historical significance, the images did evoke feelings of racism when used in a contemporary setting.
“It’s all just really unnecessary,” Banks told her fans. “The clothes in the collection were fine without all the “black mammie” imagery.