UK fashion outlet, Topshop, pulled a series of ‘yellow face’ jewelry from its shelves after being accused of racism. Yeah, we haven’t seen this offensive a pairing of Asians and jewelry since Mickey Rooney’s cameo in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. SCMP reports:
The Freedom Found collection was spotted by a customer at a store in Britain, who posted photos of the jewellery – featuring the heads of yellow face characters – to Twitter.
When the customer complained to the store manager, she was told it was “vintage style and not racist”, she wrote on Twitter.
Yellow face refers to Asian stereotypes associated with Hollywood films of the 20th century, when white actors wearing makeup played roles such as Fu Manchu or Charlie Chan.
Topshop said it had withdrawn the matching necklace, earrings and bracelet from its global network of stores, adding that the jewellery was made by a concessionaire.
“The Freedom Found collection is a concession range sold in Topshop stores by its concessionaire, DCK,” the company said. “Topshop has no input in the design, creation or selection for sale of any of the products forming the Freedom Found collection. As soon as Topshop became aware that there was sensitivity with this particular design, it instructed DCK to withdraw the product from sale, and this has been done.”