Marc Jacobs has been criticized for presenting white models with dreadlocks at his Spring Summer 2017 fashion show and accused of cultural appropriation. A lot of people went to attack the designer saying that he’s “stealing” dreadlocks from black people. Someone asked: “Why does Marc Jacobs think its okay to hire a bunch of white models and give them faux dreadlocks for his show…” Another asked: “Why couldn’t Marc Jacobs hire black models with real dreadlocks? Is that so hard?”
Jacobs took it to the Instagram to respond to the criticism saying:
“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.”
He also added previously:
“I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see colour or race – I see people…All who cry “cultural appropriation” or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair.”
He also shared a few opinion pieces written by publications like Time Inc and Washington Post on his social media accounts.
Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan said:
“The uproar over Marc Jacobs and dreadlocks is ridiculous”
Time Inc writer John McWhorter wrote a feature and said:
“Yet we are to bemoan white people wearing their hair in black ways. Even if it is intended as a compliment, as it very much is by Jacobs. What kind of sense does this make?”