Prada accused of racism over monkey figurines

Angelo Anderson
December 16, 2018

Prada has apologised after some of its products displayed at a store in NY appeared to contain blackface imagery.

In a post that has been shared over 7,380 times in the last 24 hours, Ezie ends by imploring, "History can not continue to repeat itself".

The post quickly garnered thousands of likes, shares, and comments.

'Hey @Prada: Your deliberate use of blackface to sell product is horrific. Some said they will boycott the brand in response. How on earth did this even get past the ideas stage?' asked a third.

She also pointed out that this kind of oversight would probably never have happened if Prada had any people of color in positions of power, suggesting a long list of consultants and board members they could hire to rectify the situation. Specifically, the "Otto" and "Toto" characters bear an uncanny resemblance to the 1899 children's book caricature, Little Black Sambo.


Chinyere even posted a comparison of Prada's character side-by-side with racist depictions of black people, showing how closely the two resembled each other. Soho store were removed on Friday morning. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fashion retailer has already begun removing the offending objects from its storefronts and website. The $280 leather cardholder remains online, for example. Williams told ABC New York City station WABC in an interview Friday. Prada Group released a statement to PEOPLE and shared it on the brand's Twitter page announcing its decision to pull the controversial character. "In this interest, we will withdraw all of the characters in question from display and circulation".

In a statement, the designer brand said that it "abhors racist imagery" and denied knowledge of the connotations to the Sambo-esque cartoon figures popularised in the U.S. during the early 20th century Jim Crow era.

The statement said, "The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre".

Prada said in a statement Friday that the Pradamalia products depict "imaginary creatures not meant to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface".

Among the first to call attention to the display's controversial look was a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights; declaring it "blackface imagery", "racist", and "denigrating".

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