Dolce & Gabbana has canceled a Shanghai fashion show after Chinese social media users accused Stefano Gabbana, one of the two designers, of being racist.
Drama started after the fashion company shared an ad many people thought was offensive, in which a young Chinese woman is taught to eat Italian food with chopsticks. Traditional Chinese-sounding music plays in the background. As she flirts with the camera, a male narrator asks, “Is it too huge for you?”
When one user pointed that out in a private Instagram message to Mr. Gabbana ’s, he insulted the user and ridiculed the Chinese. This stirred major reactions on social media, and now Mr. Gabbana claims his account got hacked.
See the response:
And the company’s denial:
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Our Instagram account has been hacked. So has the account of Stefano Gabbana. Our legal office is urgently investigating. We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China. Dolce & Gabbana 的官方Intragram 账号和 Stefano Gabbana 的 Instagram 账号被盗，我们已经立即通过法律途径解决。我们为这些不实言论给中国和中国人民造成的影响和伤害道歉。我们对中国和中国文化始终一贯的热爱与尊重。
However, this is not the first time Mr. Gabbana would be picking fights online.
He famously clashed with Elton John after the fashion designer criticized in vitro fertilization, prompting the legendary singer to create a hashtag, #boycottdolcegabbana. He also insulted Miley Cyrus when she commented on Instagram that she disagreed with his politics and those of his partner, Domenico Dolce.
Mr. Gabbana has also called the singer Selena Gomez “ugly” and hit back at critics of a sneaker with the phrase “I’m thin & gorgeous” written on the side, posting, “Darling, you prefer to be fat and full of cholesterol??? I think u have a problem,” he once said.
And this is why many people don’t believe the claim that his account got hacked.
“I am having a hard time believing the notion that both social media accounts were hacked, especially when Mr. Gabbana has a proven track record of trolling everyone under the sun, from celebrities like Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez to influencers like Chiara Ferragni, both on public feed posts or on comments,” said fashion blogger Bryan Yambao.