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Social Goods | Backlash Against Donna Karan Over Weinstein, Is Dove Deliberately Making Racist Adverts?

This week, Donna Karan is criticised after defending Harvey Weinstein and suggesting women are 'asking for it', while Dove's campaign blunders could be strategic as sales continue to rise.
Harvey Weinstein and Donna Karan | Source: Shutterstock
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  • Victoria Berezhna

Donna Karan Faces Backlash for Her Harvey Weinstein Comments (Los Angeles Times)
"Following comments to the UK's Daily Mail that sexually harassed women may be 'asking for it' by dressing seductively, that seemed to support Harvey Weinstein — which she later retracted — celebrities immediately criticised Karan, with some calling for a boycott of her clothes."

Dove Keeps Missing the Mark and Making Money (Racked)
"Dove posted an ad in which a black woman removes her skin-coloured top and subsequently turns into a white woman wearing a shirt that matches her lighter complexion. The image was met with outcry across social media, while it was reported that Dove sales had increased from $2.5 billion to $4 billion."

How Tom Ford Is Redefining Sustainable Luxury, One Suit at a Time (British Vogue)
"Ford's factories adhere to humanitarian standards, with artisans enjoying standard working hours, medical insurance and no dangerous working conditions. Ford has found craftsmen and mills whose techniques are not only the utmost in luxury but also have little negative impact on the earth.

Can We Make Fashion Greener? (BBC)
"We purchased 1,130,000 tonnes of new clothing last year in the UK, making the fashion industry one of the top five most polluting industries on earth. Extending the life of clothes by an extra nine months of active use reduces the carbon, water and waste impacts of that garment by around 20-30 percent."

Swedish Model Gets Rape Threats After Ad Shows Her Unshaved Legs (The Guardian)
"Arvida Byström appears in a video and photograph promoting Adidas Originals' Superstar range with unshaved legs. Renowned for challenging perceptions of femininity, she has faced a backlash as a result. She wrote on Instagram: 'Literally I've been getting rape threats in my DM inbox.'"

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