Versace apologises after T-shirt triggers fierce criticism in China




Versace apologises after T-shirt triggers fierce criticism in China
Versace apologises after T-shirt triggers fierce criticism in China  

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Italian luxury label Versace and its artistic director Donatella Versace apologised on Sunday after one of the company's T-shirts was widely criticised on social media in China for identifying the Chinese-controlled territories of Hong Kong and Macau as countries.

Versace, which was bought by Michael Kors' Capri Holdings Ltd in September, said on its Twitter-like Weibo account that it had made a mistake and as of July 24 had stopped selling and destroyed the T-shirts.

Milan-based Versace is the latest company to become entangled in political issues involving China, which since last year has increased its policing of how foreign firms describe Hong Kong and Macau, former European colonies that are now part of China but run with a high degree of autonomy.

"Versace reiterates that we love China deeply, and resolutely respect China's territory and national sovereignty," the company said in a statement.

The T-shirt, images of which were widely posted on Chinese social media, featured a list of "city-country" pairs, including "New York-USA" and "Beijing-China". But it also described Hong Kong and Macau as "Hong Kong-Hong Kong and Macau-Macau."

Donatella Versace, sister of the fashion house's late founder Gianni, issued a similar statement on her official Instagram account.

"Never have I wanted to disrespect China's National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused," she said.

The studio of Versace's China brand ambassador Yang Mi, one of the country's most well-known actresses, also said on its Weibo account that she was ending her contract with Versace over the issue.

"China's territorial integrity and sovereignty are sacred and inviolable at all times," Jiaxing Media said in the statement.

The ending of Yang's relationship with Versace was one of the most viewed topics on Weibo on Sunday, attracting over 640 million views.



(Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

COMMENTS

More Related News

U.S. reaches
U.S. reaches 'deal in principle' with China on trade -source

The White House has reached a "deal in principle" with Beijing to resolve the 17-month U.S.-China trade war, according to a source briefed on the trade talks. The White House was expected to make an announcement later on Thursday, the source said. In an attempt to secure a "phase one"

Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death
Sold to China as a bride, she came home on brink of death
  • World
  • 2019-12-12 07:06:30Z

Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. "Don't ask me about what happened to me there" was her only reply to her family's questions, her cousin Pervaiz Masih said.

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case
Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Earlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.

Hong Kong Police Defuse Homemade Bombs at Catholic School
Hong Kong Police Defuse Homemade Bombs at Catholic School

(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong police defused two homemade bombs at a local Catholic school, in a reminder of the potential for escalation in the restive financial center after a lull in protest violence.Police dismantled two improvised explosive devices Monday evening at Wah Yan College in Wan Chai, Bomb Disposal Officer Alick McWhirter told a news briefing Monday. The radio-controlled bombs were complete, fully functional and ready to be activated by mobile phone, McWhirter said, adding that the bombs appeared intended "to kill and to maim people.""Given the quantities of the explosive and the fragmentation, had these devices been placed and had they functioned, they would have killed and...

Here
Here's China's Plan To Fight A Nuclear War Against America: Nuke U.S. Cities

Millions would die.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy