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Prada Pulls Products and Issues Apology Over Blackface Controversy

There was an outcry against the brand’s poorly-designed monkey keychains.

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Prada Pulls Products and Issues Apology Over Blackface Controversy

There was an outcry against the brand’s poorly-designed monkey keychains.

Prada is embroiled in a controversy over a Holiday 2018 collection that bears much similarity to H&M’s “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” indiscretion. The accessories in question are Otto and Toto – two monkey-like creatures in the brand’s Pradamalia series.

One keychain, bearing a dark, wooden body and red lips, was quickly called out over social media, with civil rights lawyer Chinyere Ezie describing it, “racist and denigrating #blackface imagery.” She called an immediate boycott over Prada – a sentiment others mirrored.

Prada met the backlash with an apology and announced a product recall, tweeting Pradamalia was “not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface” and that it would “withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation.”

Read the social media outcry and apology below.

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