Vogue Italia Gets Caught Sharing & Deleting Photo Of Black Man In KKK Hood
By Mikelle Leow, 27 Jun 2019
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A misstep by Vogue Italia magazine’s social media team has incurred criticism that it might be promoting hate speech.
On Tuesday, the magazine reportedly uploaded its ‘Pic of the Day’ depicting what looks like a Black man in a white Nike swoosh-branded hood alike that of the Ku Klux Klan attire.
It’s bizarre how Vogue Italia magazine curated the picture as its top pick for the day and assumed it would be well-received online. By the time the publication realized it was a wrong move and deleted the feature, it was already too late. Social media users had saved screenshots of the post, claiming that it had spread “hate speech propaganda… [on] the Jewish Black community.”
Fashion blog Fashion Bomb Daily took snapshots of the offending feature, citing that the picture was deleted following backlash.
This morning, #VogueItalia posted this image of a Black Man wearing a reimagined Ku Klux Klan hood as their photo of the day. The controversy that ensued caused them to delete. Read more here: https://t.co/htk2jvOPQN pic.twitter.com/1GQd2zvPBs— The Fashion Bomb (@thefashionbomb) June 25, 2019
The controversial image was staged by Moroccan fashion photographer Mous Lamrabat, renowned for meshing elements from his hometown of Sint-Niklaas with famous logos to take a jab at globalism. It was captioned with the text, “KousKousKlan Fear is a tricky thing. What if we take symbols that fear us and bring it in a way that it becomes something we can smile at?”
Lambarat himself took down the photo from his profile, according to a report by Blavity, replacing it with a picture of a man with balloons as his head. “Maybe this is better than [that]…” he apparently wrote. “I’m very sorry but ignorants won again.” Strangely enough, even the follow-up photo was deleted shortly after.
Social media users have flocked to Vogue Italia magazine’s Instagram page to express their abhorrence about the curation.
“I want an apology for the Jewish Black community,” one Instagram user responded.
“"Your page is gorgeous, and you could’ve done a lot with the caption for the photo depicting a man of color in KKK garb,” another suggested. “But I think you fell victim to the fact that you aren’t well-versed in the history surrounding the white hood and robe, and so as a result, unintentionally (I hope...) made light of it.”
According to screenshots, Vogue Italia magazine’s caption simply read, “Today’s pic of the day in #PhotoVogue is by @mouslamrabat. Discover more day by day,” so the post probably could have been salvaged with an educated commentary by the publication.
I can’t believe my f*cking eyes. You disgusting pieces of crap, screw you for promoting antiblack, antisemitic, antiwomen, anti-immigrant propaganda @vogueitalia @mouslambrat pic.twitter.com/5W6CcqPiB2— Linasha (@Linnygd) June 25, 2019
Screenshot via Vogue Italia
[via Blavity, images via various sources]
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