Donatella Versace Apologizes to China for Offending Country With T-Shirt
Aug 14 2019
He showed autonomous regions Hong Kong and Macau as one country on one of his T-shirts. "Coach is committed to long-term development in China, respects the feelings of the Chinese people, and sincerely accepts the supervision and correction of the vast number of consumers". "I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error that was made by our company and that is now being discussed on various social media channels", she wrote on Instagram. Since March, protesters in Hong Kong have been demonstrating against an extradition bill that would allow Chinese authorities to try residents and foreigners in courts in mainland China.
Luxuryfashion brands Versace, Coach, and Givenchy have apologised for making perceived affronts to China's national sovereignty with T-shirts listing Hong Kong and Taiwan as separate countries.
After this, Versace's brand ambassador in China, Yang Mi, said on her Weibo account that she is ending her contract with the company. Coach was also criticized for the store locator on its website which listed Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as three separate states. "I love my motherland and I resolutely safeguard national sovereignty".
Versace is not the first foreign company to face flak over how it describes Hong Kong.
Photos of the T-shirt were also circulating on social media.
"China's sovereign interests are not things of value that can be exchanged!" "We, as a company of the People's Republic of China, and Yang being a citizen of the People's Republic of China, we are deeply offended", said Jiaxing Media, an entertainment and media company partly owned by Yang, in a statement.
The uproar is the latest in a long history of brands running afoul of national sensitivities in various countries. We would like to express our deepest apologies for this incident.
The Italian fashion house apologized and confirmed that the item had been recalled. The shirt, which was being sold in Canada, also failed to draw a line around China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. "National sovereignty and territorial integrity are sacred and can not be violated under any circumstances".
This Milan Company recently came into controversy due to a T-shirt, after which it was dragged on social media.
"The House of Givenchy wishes to sincerely apologize for this mistake that does not reflect the deep respect it has for its Chinese audiences throughout the world, as well as renew its commitment to pursue its longstanding relationship with the market in the most thoughtful way".
In January, China received another apology, this time from Marriott International. Other companies, such as Marriott and Delta Airlines, also faced criticism previous year over the way they treated China's sovereignty claims.