Gucci Brand Plans to ‘Embed Culture Diversity’ As A Result of Blackface Controversy
After the fashion brand Gucci was under fire for selling a sweater that resembled black face, Gucci has found themselves trying to dig themselves out of a sticky situation. Celebrities have banned together in efforts to boycott the brand including T.I., 50 Cent, and Spike.
T.I. wrote on social media,
“We ALL GOTTA stop buying, wearing, and supporting this piece of sh*t company and ALL PIECE OF SH*T COMPANIES UNTIL THEY LEARN TO RESPECT OUR DOLLAR & VALUE OUR BUSINESS.”
Marco Bizzarri, the president and current CEO of Gucci, released a statement:
“We accept full accountability for this incident, which has exposed shortfalls in our ongoing strategic approach to embedding diversity and inclusion in both our organization and in our activities…I am particularly grateful to Dadder Dan for the role he has played in bring community leaders together to offer us their counsel at this time.”
Gucci pulled the sweater offline and issued a formal apology:
“Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper. We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores.
We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”
21 Savage Turns Himself In
ICE has made it tough for 21 Savage after his recent detainment as an illegal citizen. He is back in jail after turning himself into a Liberty County Jail Friday morning under theft charges. 21 was booked for a concert in 2016 by a promoter who paid $17k for a perform for their nightclub; howver, he failed to show and the promoter files a warret issuing 21’s arrest.
Liberty County, Lt. Chris Reed commented on Savage’s arrest stating:
“During the time Mr. Joseph was arrested by ICE, the citizen wanted to make sure the warrant was still active and Mr. Joseph was picked up. During that time he learned he had the warrant here in Liberty County, his attorneys contacted the sheriff’s office and made arrangements for him to surrender himself after he was released from ICE.”
Police Preparing To Issue Warrant For Jussie Smollett
It has been reported that Chicago police are issuing a warrant for the Empire star, Jussie Smollet. Two Nigerian brothers, Obabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo were recently arrested in connection with the alleged attack on the actor; however, have been released. The brothers have reportedly told police that Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack as well as to buy a rope, that was allegedly used a noose in the attack.
The brother’s attorney Gloria Schmidt said,
“New evidence that was brought to their attention, obviously I had it, my clients had it”.
Smollett has given his phone records to the Chicago police department; however, Chicago police have denied ever being given the records from Smollett. Given the phone records, police would be able to confirm Smollett was on the phone during his attack.
A spokesperson on behalf of Smollett stated:
Phone records from Jussie’s manager were sent to police on Feb. 5 and Jussie’s records were sent over this morning. Both were sent to Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of Police Robert Boik, who confirmed receipt. They have Jussie’s records from within an hour of the incident. The police confirmed receipt of the records at [2:28 p.m. EST].
It was reported that ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men in Chicago around 2 AM at a Subway restaurant. The men were both dressed in ski masks. As he walked out of the Subway he heard the men scream. “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?” The men allegedly beat him by putting his head in a noose while screaming, “This is MAGA country.” The men put the noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.
It was also reported that a letter was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago 8 days ago with cut out letters spelling, “You will die black f**.”