The Italian version of Vogue is being labeled racist for running a story about the current trend of wearing “slave earrings.”
The Vogue Italia article raved about the hooped earrings worn by “women of color” in the south in American during the slave era, according to the UK Daily Mail, but now is being slammed as “overtly racist.”
“If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of color who were brought to the southern United States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom,” writer Anna Bassi states.
Criticism of Vogue apparently has come from all over the globe, yet the “slave earrings” item probably wasn’t intended to glamorize the horrible practice of slavery. The writer was likely only making the connection between the current trend and its apparent roots in the Antebellum South.
Bassi was insensitive, but the readers’ outrage may have been disproportionate. They crafted a petition, bombarded the site with angry messages, and one person even published Bassi’s personal email. The title of the article was eventually changed from “Slave Earrings” to “Ethnic Earrings.” Is this a case of excessive political correctness or was the reader anger warranted?