Aileen O'Leary covers the recent Dolce and Gabbana catwalk, which definitely had people talking.
The world of fashion can, at times, be filled with drama, scandal and of course, controversy. No stranger to any of the above, the fashion house of Dolce and Gabanna has been under some serious fire after opting to dress FLOTUS Melania Trump in the brand's clothing. In response to the backlash from this stunt, the brand released a tongue in cheek ‘BOYCOTT’ t-shirt, encouraging their customers to boycott their brand.
However, the fashion giants could not have predicted what would happen next. At their millennial runway show in June, one of the models, 21 year old Atlanta-born singer Raury, decided to clap back at the Boycott D&G shirt by throwing off his bomber jacket, revealing the words ‘Protest D&G’ across his torso. The show, which featured social media influencers and stars from across the globe, was at a standstill as the model raised his fist in the air in protest.
Speaking to GQ, the singer said: ‘the 'Boycott Dolce & Gabbana' t-shirt they created completely makes a mockery of what 'boycotting' is."
"I saw a commercial featuring the boycott T-shirt, and it looked playful and lighthearted—it was a joke…I really felt this mockery of boycotting. Who knows, if boycotts didn’t happen, if Rosa Parks and M.L.K didn’t step up…who knows if I would even exist. Boycotting matters. Boycotting is real. Dolce’s entire campaign says it’s not real."
His protest sparks another conversation though; have we gone so far down the rabbit hole of fame and fortune that we cannot even realise that what we are supporting is endorsing something corrupt? By supporting brands like D&G, aren’t we also supporting their decision to endorse Melania Trump and her husband Donald Trump? Associating with a brand that thinks its okay to make a mockery of free speech and our right to protest the powers that be isn't right. It was an attempt at a light hearted and witty campaign that failed miserably.
We are in the age of social media influencers, who have a voice and do not use it often enough. If we don’t speak up about issues like these, we’re not doing our part.
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