Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Forever21 under fire for using white model for Wakanda Forever merch

Fashion retailer Forever 21 is facing a lot of backlash after a photo of a white man to model off its latest “Wakanda Forever” merchandise.

The photoset features the male model wearing a Christmas-themed Black Panther sweater with the popular “Wakanda Forever” slogan.

The Twitter-verse was quick to react to the questionable casting. 

loopnewsbarbados Twitter reactions to white model in Forever 21 Wakanda merch

Since then, the post has been removed by Forever 21 and an apology has been issued. 

“Forever 21 takes feedback on our products and marketing extremely seriously. We celebrate all superheroes with many different models of various ethnicities and apologize if the photo in question was offensive in any way.”

 

Do you think people are justified in being upset that a white man is modelling Black Panther merch?

Yes
54%
No
19%
I don't understand what the big deal is
27%

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