Dolce & Gabbana, an Italian fashion house, has ignited a firestorm in China after publishing a series of video ads that featured a Chinese woman using chopsticks in a strange way.
Dolce & Gabbana published three promotional clips prior to its fashion show in Shanghai on November 21. The videos show an Asian woman struggling to eat Italian cuisine with chopsticks. The narrator pronounces "Dolce & Gabbana" in a Chinese accent. He calls the chopsticks "stick-shaped cutlery."
Chinese social media users have not been amused. They have angrily criticised the videos for mocking Chinese people. They charge D&G with racism. Local celebrities pulled out of the show.
D&G has "postponed" its Shanghai runway show. It has not determined a new date for the show.