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The luxury fashion house has a history of racist and homophobic comments.
By Emma Skidmore
It’s official: The oldest daughter of American media’s royal family, Kourtney Kardashian, and the drummer of Blink-182, Travis Barker, have been united in holy matrimony — emphasis on holy (I mean, just look at that veil).
The nuptials were a multi-day event located in Portofino, Italy, with looks provided by Dolce & Gabbana for the Kardashian-Jenner family. The controversial brand even hosted the wedding on its property, as confirmed to Fashionista.
Page Six reported that D&G made millions off the wedding, but fans following the wedding on social media were not pleased about the luxury fashion house’s involvement.
Dolce & Gabbana has a tumultuous media history and has spearheaded multiple scandals.
In 2018, the brand ran a short film on Instagram and Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms, to promote its upcoming Shanghai runway show. The video displayed a Chinese model eating Italian food with chopsticks, with narration riddled with sexual innuendos.
The film was quickly taken down, and viewers called out the label for its racist marketing. After the video’s removal, it was revealed co-founder Stefano Gabbana allegedly messaged a model, “China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia” on Instagram.
Gabbana and co-founder Domenico Dolce have spoken out publicly against in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, saying they believe in “traditional” family and called children of IVF “synthetic.” Singer Elton John, who has two children with his husband through IVF, wrote on Instagram that he would never wear Dolce & Gabbana again.
Dolce and Gabbana have also publicly bashed women like Selena Gomez, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, and Victoria Beckham, according to W Magazine. Page Six also reported Gabbana has called the Kardashian-Jenner family “the most cheap people in the world.”
It is unclear what the driving factor was that led the Kardashian-Jenners to align themselves with the brand for the wedding. Publicity? Money? A combination of both? It is also no secret both parties have had their experience with “cancel culture” and seemingly take the approach that bad press is better than no press.
Despite past scandals, “The Kardashians” was Hulu’s “biggest series premiere in U.S. history,” Variety reported in April. The series has been regularly following Kourtney and Travis’s relationship and blended family, so there’s no doubt we’ll likely see some behind-the-scenes of the wedding planning.
Will this scandal be different for the Kar-Jenners? Or will it simply just convert into more viewers and followers? Only time will tell.