Fashion Institute of Technology: Sorry About the Racist Runway Show with Monkey Lips and Ears

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: A model walks the runway wearing Junkai Huang during the Fashion Institute Of Technology's Fine Art Of Fashion And Technology Show at Pier 59 Studios on February 07, 2020 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Fashion Institute Of Technology)

Exactly who at FIT brainstormed this shitshow?

source: Complex

The Fashion Institute of Technology has apologized after an outpouring of critics called their recent runway show racist.

The fashion show, which was held on Feb. 7, was in honor of the graduating students of the New York-based college’s Master of Fine Arts program. Models strutted down the runway in large monkey ears, massive red lips and bushy eyebrows, resembling historical racist caricatures.

FIT President Joyce F. Brown addressed the controversial show, saying that it was not intended to make any statement about race, but acknowledged that it did anyway.

“Currently, it does not appear that the original intent of the design, the use of accessories or the creative direction of the show was to make a statement about race………..However, it is now glaringly obvious that has been the outcome. For that, we apologize—to those who participated in the show, to students, and to anybody who has been offended by what they saw.”

Joyce F. Brown
FIT President

One model clearly saw that the accessories were racist and refused to wear them. “I stood there almost ready to break down, telling the staff that I felt incredibly uncomfortable with having to wear these pieces and that they were clearly racist,” Amy Lefevre, who is black, told the New York Post. “I was told that it was fine to feel uncomfortable for only 45 seconds.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 07: A model walks the runway wearing Junkai Huang during the Fashion Institute Of Technology’s Fine Art Of Fashion And Technology Show at Pier 59 Studios on February 07, 2020 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Fashion Institute Of Technology)

Brown listed the next steps the college plans to take to ensure this never happens again.

“In the days and weeks that follow, as mentioned above, we will be taking several steps to address the concerns of our community,” the college president wrote. “We will be engaging with our Diversity Council, our Faculty Senate, the UCE, and the Student Government Association to continue this important conversation; we will put in place safeguards to ensure that a situation like this will not happen again; and finally, there will be an ongoing investigation about the event itself—how it occurred, who was involved, and why there was no immediate follow-up.”

Fashion Institute of Technology Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Runway Show That Featured Monkey Ears and Lips

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