Dolce and Gabbana, Suck It Up and Apologise

Thursday, January 12, 2012 Andrea Lo 1 Comments

As a city both synonymous with and notorious for its regular protesting, on matters ranging from opposition towards the government and its legislations (as demonstrated through the Annual 1st July Marches) and discontent with financial management (as seen at the March 2011 Anti-Budget Protests which saw 113 people arrested), Hong Kong has recently been dubbed 'China's most liberated city'. Or is it?

A story hot on the news: the protests outside a Dolce and Gabbana store on Tsim Sha Tsui tourist enclave Canton Road, which have thus far gathered over 10,000 people.

The protests were sparked by the Italian luxury fashion house allegedly hiring security personnel to ban passersby from taking photos of its storefront displays outside the shop. Since Dolce can't exactly justify owning the sidewalk, this has understandably angered shoppers

 The story gets even more ridiculous from here. The protesters, who organised to get together outside the luxury store to carry out a marathon of photo-taking, have managed to overwhelm Dolce and Gabbana so much that it has been forced to shut temporarily.

The PR disaster continues, as angry protesters allege that the store has allowed tourists and shoppers from the Mainland China to take photos while banning locals from doing so.

On the surface, it may seem that many are protesting for the sake of protesting. Indeed, a Facebook group encouraging people to gather outside said Dolce store in order to photograph the displays on purpose has been pinpointed as the origin of the chain of the remonstrations. However, many commentators have pointed out that the protests have certain political undertone. It has also been suggested that they are caused by deeply rooted resentments locals have against their Mainland neighbours.

The Wall Street Journal quotes a member of the Centre for Social Policies Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as saying the following: 'Since the city's handover to China in 1997, Hong Kong people have faced a lot of setbacks in their fight for democracy and freedom. As there is no universal suffrage and other political rights, they cling very hard on to what is left for them, such as the fundamental right to enjoy public space.'

Word on the street is that the protests will continue every weekend until Dolce and Gabbana issues an apology. Until then, the issue will continue to spark widespread debate regarding Hong Kong-Mainland China relations. But one thing is clear, though. Dolce and Gabbana: Hong Kong officially hates your guts right now.

1 comment:

  1. The universal status of Dolce & Gabanna, not withstanding their intellectual property laws, follows a series of rumours during the VP generational gap voters of 2006 that Leica cameras leaked a certain promiscuous fluid known as milk towards anyone standing in the picket lines of the Hong Kong nation's employment protests. Now that Dolce & Gabanna have asked for the news and presses agencies to apologise for the foreign intinerata of this local appeal, Hong Kong might as well assert universal status where it was all made again, as in 1997, and declare themselves a nation. Clothes hypocrisy is never so much as signs of Eastern European aging.