From essentially advocating strains of homophobia with their archaic comments on gay marriage to openly professing their affiliation with Melania Trump, Dolce & Gabbana have become far from immune to constant controversy. In fact, quite the opposite. The latest of a number of faux pas was aggressively planted by Atlanta-born musician Raury as he bravely disrupted their runway. He was recently paid to walk in their Milan Fashion Week catwalk as part of their ongoing ‘Millennial’ theme, one which ironically aims to promote, support and encourage young people. However prior to arriving in Milan, Raury was unaware of the explicit relationship between America’s first lady and the fashion brand and upon gaining such knowledge, decided that this was one show in need of a real statement.
As a result, he staged a protest on their catwalk by taking his shirt off to reveal the words ‘Protest Dolce & Gabbana’, ‘Give Me Freedom’ and ‘I am not your scapegoat’. Such an action came about following news of the ‘Boycott Dolce & Gabbana’ t-shirt that the brand created as a response to the backlash they received for their political stance and recent comments. The rapper revealed that after growing up in the city that bred the Klu Klux Klan, he felt strongly derailed by their apparent mockery of boycotting, which they furthered through an unnaturally gleeful commercial featuring kids in protest of Dolce and Gabbana, alongside, well, Dolce and Gabbana.
Similarly, in a recent interview with GQ, the rapper stated that “boycotting is the people’s voice” and that it should be the driving force behind change and power, not used to promote a fake activism. He revealed that by walking in Dolce’s show he’d be effectively endorsing Trump and all he stands for, something that simply could not have been done. For future reference, Dolce and Gabbana, if your message isn’t cool “millennials are going to come and let you know. And we won’t let up.”