Marc Jacobs Apologizes for ‘The Lack of Sensitivity’ Surrounding Cultural Appropriation Controversy
Last week, Marc Jacobs came under fire and was accused of cultural appropriation after the models at his New York Fashion Week fashion show — including Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and the Hadid sisters — hit the runway in brightly-colored yarn dreadlocks.
The designer was immediately slammed for choosing to style his models in dreadlocks while also not including any models of color in his show. Jacobs took to Instagram to respond to the accusations and only made things worse when he compared white women in locs to black women straightening their hair.
The use of dreads wasn’t a concern for me. But Marc Jacobs’ response to the outrage was ignorant and arrogant af pic.twitter.com/CWhglbibwA
— Ahn•DRAY•Uh (@knappyheadkid) September 16, 2016
After being attacked once again for his ignorant comments, it seems as though the designer may have finally learned his lesson… kind of. Yesterday (Sept. 18, 2016), Jacobs took to Instagram to apologize for being “unintentionally” insensitive.
…and I thank you for expressing your feelings. I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity. I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech and freedom to express oneself though art, clothes, words, hair, music…EVERYTHING. Of course I do “see” color but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT! Please continue to express your feelings freely but do it kindly. Nothing is gained from spreading hate by name calling and bullying.
Unfortunately, Jacobs still hasn’t admitted to understanding exactly why what he did was cultural appropriation, and many former fans are less than impressed with the designer.