“Shark Tank” star and FUBU founder Daymond John is weighing in on the controversy surrounding sneakers bought as a part of the Katy Perry Assortment, saying he feels the designs don’t represent blackface.
“This may very well be an African,” John informed TMZ whereas viewing a photograph of the sneakers on a reporter’s cellphone. “This isn’t blackface essentially.”
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John additionally shared his opinion that Gucci – which discovered itself in scorching water over a sweater that featured giant lips on the underside of the collar – had deliberately designed the highest to create publicity.
“Belief me, any individual noticed that… It doesn’t go undetected,” he mentioned, although he admitted the corporate may have been impressed by “outdated African-American artwork” or “outdated jazz artwork” that solely resembled blackface. He additionally admitted he didn’t know “the entire story.”
When requested to make clear if he thought the Gucci controversy was orchestrated by the style model itself, John mentioned he did.
“I do suppose so,” he mentioned. “I believe they’re actually good. The explanation why Gucci has been round for thus a few years – a scorching vogue model lasts seven years, and so they’ve been round for a lot of extra years than that – I believe they know what they’re doing.”
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John concluded by saying he believes the time period “blackface” solely applies to folks portray their face, not their entire physique.
“What blackface is, is whenever you solely paint your face right here,” he mentioned, motioning to his face.
“Blackface is, to us, when folks of not our race wore simply it [on the face] and acted ignorant.”
John additionally clarified that Robert Downey Jr. and the Wayans brothers weren’t doing blackface or “whiteface” throughout a few of their roles (in “Tropic Thunder” and “White Chicks,” particularly) as a result of their “entire physique” was painted.
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Katy Perry’s model, together with Perry, responded to backlash surrounding her sneakers earlier this week, saying, “I used to be saddened when it was delivered to my consideration that it was being in comparison with painful photos paying homage to blackface. Our intention was by no means to inflict any ache. We have now instantly eliminated them from Katy Perry Collections.”
Gucci, too, pulled its sweater and apologized for “the offence brought on” earlier this month.