Balenciaga garments under fire for ‘racist’ sweatpant design
The Balenciaga garments sweatpants have caused a stir on social media, with many critics labeling the design as a form of gentrification
Between lofty prices and notoriously unorthodox designs, Balenciaga garments have raised many an eyebrow in the past — at times for adverse reasons. Now, critics are calling an item from its recent collection “racist.”
Among the U.K. fashion brand’s latest looks for the Fall/Winter 2021 season are sweatpants designed with an exposed boxer short built-in above the waistband, which some have deemed to be an appropriation of the “sagging” pant style popularized in the 90s by Black people.
Since catching wind of the new “Trompe-L’Oeil” sweatpants, social media users have not held back their critiques, with many dismayed to witness yet another piece of Black culture land in the clutches of gentrification.
TikTok user @mr200m__, real name Josiah Hyacinth, was an early critic of the sweatpants, uploading a video on Sept. 2 inspecting the controversial design while shopping at the U.K.-based high-end department store Selfridges.
“This feels racist. This feels very racist, guys” Hyacinth said, probing the clothing item while another voice off-screen replies: “It is.”
“They have woven these boxers inside the trousers,” Hyacinth continued. The video, which has been viewed over 1.6 million times, is captioned: “You know when something feels racist.
Twitter user @blackgirldating wrote “just a reminder that there has literally been legislation to criminalize Black people for sagging,” referring to laws in several southern-U.S. states disproportionately reprimanding Black people for wearing britches below the belt”.
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