D&G: China shopping sites pull products in ad backlash

Stefano Gabbana Claims His Instagram Was Hacked Amid China Racism Scandal

Reports claimed that Koala, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Tmall, and JD.com removed listings of the controversial brand. The brand has faced widespread criticism over its ad campaign.

The controversy compounded when screenshots of Stefano Gabbana's private Instagram insulted China calling it "China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia" and used the poop emoji to describe the country.

The video has since been removed from China's social network Weibo, where it was originally posted, but has been shared widely online with #BoycottDolce. Dolce & Gabbana cancelled a long-planned fashion show in Shanghai on November 21 after an outcry over racially offensive posts on its social media accounts, a setback for the company in the world's most important luxury market.

The situation got much worse when Instagram screenshots surfaced of cofounder Stefano Gabbana making racist comments about Chinese people (the company insists his account was hacked).

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Crouching Tiger star Zhang Ziyi is boycotting Dolce & Gabbana following its recent scandal. The multi million euro event, which has taken months to plan, was unceremoniously canceled after a backlash to a series of D&G ads of which users accused the Italian brand of harbouring Chinese stereotypes.

Thousands of Dolce & Gabbana goods have been pulled from China's biggest shopping websites after the Italian fashion house's marketing went off the rails in a country that's driving the industry's growth.

"It was not simply a fashion show, but something that we created especially with love and passion for China and all the people around the world who love Dolce & Gabbana", they said. The account wrote, "it attempts to target China, but instead mocks them with a parodied version of what modern China is not ... a gag for amusement". The narrator also pronounced "Dolce & Gabbana" in a Chinese accent and called the chopsticks "stick-shaped cutlery".

Luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana vanished in China in an instant amid a growing backlash against the brand's latest ad campaign.

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In a statement released Thursday by Gabbana and co-founder Domenico Dolce, they said what happened that day was "very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life".

Aside from the controversy, D&G's Chinese joint venture in Shanghai was punished and fined more than 400,000 yuan (US$57,650) in total by the local government twice between 2016 and 2017, as it sold fake, inferior-quality and unqualified products.

Dolce & Gabbana's blunder is not only awkward, it's expensive.

The video was posted with Chinese subtitles on Weibo and with English subtitles on Twitter and other social media channels. His company is now suffering that same fate, with online platforms promptly removing its products and upscale Hong Kong store Lane Crawford following suit in its shops.

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"Once we're dead, we're dead", Gabbana said in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera last spring.

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