The last time they did this was in their far east wear with a white model dressed up in a sexy geisha night clothes. and none of the models in the far east wear are East Asians.
Victoria’s Secret is admitting that it danced with poor judgment by allowing a model to saunter down the runway in sexy ‘Indian’ garb at its annual runway show this week.
Footage of supermodel Karlie Kloss wearing a feathered Native American-style headdress, skimpy fringed bikini and turquoise-studded belt will be axed from the Dec. 9 televised broadcast.
The lingerie giant issued an apology after receiving a flood of criticism on Facebook and Twitter from appalled consumers and Native American women.
Sasha Houston Brown, an academic and member of the Santee Sioux tribe of Nebraska told Indian Country said she was “angered and outraged” and yet “not shocked” by what she saw on the runway.
“I don’t know about you, but I usually spend this time of year parading around in my Navajo Hipster panties feather headdress (on loan from Karlie Kloss and Gwen Stefani) Manifest Destiny T-Shirt and knee high fringed moccasins made in Taiwan while watching a Redskins game, smoking a pack of American Spirits and eating genetically modified Butter Ball turkey, because I’m just that traditional,” she wrote.
Brown was alluding to Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt’s most recent video, “Looking Hot,” which the band pulled off line after critics lambasted it.
Victoria’s Secret offered an apology, via its Facebook page, saying they meant no harm.
“We are sorry that the Native American headdress replica used in our recent fashion show has upset individuals. We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone,” the statement read. “Out of respect, we will not be including the outfit in any broadcast, marketing materials nor in any other way.”
Even Karlie Kloss, the model who flaunted the faux-Native costume admitted the outfit was in bad taste.
“I am deeply sorry if what I wore during the VS Show offended anyone,” she tweeted. “I support VS’s decision to remove the outfit from the broadcast.”
Members of the Native American community are constantly shaking their heads at the lunkheaded and insensitive use of their iconography by non-Natives as a means to make money.
In October, Gap was raked over the coals for its “Manifest Destiny” t-shirts – a 19th century policy that resulted in the genocide of millions of Native Americans. After Change.org launched a petition, the company agreed to stop selling the t-shirts.
In 2011, Urban Outfitters sparked fury with its Navajo line, which featured patterned socks, underwear and a flask.
HOUSTON (AP) — Four top leaders of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are among nearly three dozen alleged gang members charged in a sweeping indictment unsealed Friday that accuses them of crimes ranging from capital murder to drug trafficking.
Few details were released about the alleged crimes, but 10 defendants are facing charges that carry a death penalty. As examples of the gang’s brutality, the indictment says one leader ordered a subordinate to kill a gang prospect and return his severed finger, and another was told to burn a tattoo from a member’s arm for not following an order.
“Brutal beatings, fire bombings, drug trafficking and murder are all part of ABT’s alleged standard operating procedure,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breurer said in a statement. “As charged, ABT uses violence and threats of violence to maintain internal discipline and to retaliate against those believed to be cooperating with law enforcement.”
Only three people named in the indictment haven’t been arrested. Sixteen people were arrested Friday across Texas, while 15 others were already in custody, prosecutors said, adding that the arrests capped years of investigation.
All are charged with racketeering conspiracy. Some were charged with involvement in at least three murders, multiple attempted murders, kidnappings, assaults and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.
A message left for the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeking more details about the alleged crimes and those arrested wasn’t immediately returned Friday.
The military-style gang was founded in Texas prisons in the 1980s to offer protection to white inmates if they joined. Modeled after a similar gang that surfaces in California prisons in the 1960s, members often use hand signs symbolizing their participation and have Nazi-themed tattoos.
Investigators say the gang works as five regions, and that four of those charged were “generals” who controlled activities in a region while supervising the gang’s overall activities, including issuing orders to kill in a steering committee known as the “Wheel.”
The leaders were identified as Terry Ross Blake, 55; Charles Lee Roberts, 68; Larry Max Bryan, 51; and William David Maynard, 42. Blake and Roberts were arrested Friday, while Bryan and Maynard were already in prison. Home phone numbers weren’t listed for Blake or Roberts, and court documents didn’t yet show any of the men had retained attorneys.
According to the indictment, Bryan is facing charges in the fatal shooting of an ABT prospect member who allegedly stole drugs he was ordered to deliver to a customer on behalf of the ABT in Pleasanton, south of San Antonio. Bryan could face the death penalty in the case.
The charges against Maynard include the murder of a fellow gang member. He also could face the death penalty.
Bryan, sentenced in 1991 in Bexar County to 30 years for heroin delivery, is eligible for parole next year. Maynard arrived in 2003, with a 75-year term for murder conspiracy from Travis County. It was his fourth conviction.
Four women were among those arrested Friday, including one in North Carolina. U.S. Attorney’s spokeswoman Angela Dodge said she didn’t have details about the North Carolina arrest. Prosecutors said that while women are not allowed in the gang, they aid members by using phone calls, the Internet and the postal system to pass along communications that include orders to kill or assault.
Toronto police are investigating after a war memorial was defaced in Coronation Park just hours after Remembrance Day services took place.
Graffiti was spotted at the memorial at Lake Shore Boulevard and Strachan Avenue by a passerby late in the day. Scrawled in what appears to be black marker, someone had written “Canada will burn praise Allah” on part of the memorial.
Police have contacted city officials and the cleanup was already underway Sunday night.
But public outrage was swift.
“I think it’s sick,” Gord Pearce, past president and current treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion #11 told CP24. “The soldiers have died to keep our country free – this is what (the memorial) is for. This is what memorials are there for.”
Sculptor John McEwen, who crafted the “Victory Peace” memorial in the late 90’s, told CP24 that desecrating the memorial with a violent message made no sense, as it stands for peace.
“In various scripts and in various languages, you have fifty different words for peace (on the memorial),” McEwen said. “It seems quite a stupid bit of vandalism when you realize that the reality of the memorial is to say ‘this is the Toronto of today that comes from that event… today’s plurality of languages spoken in Toronto.’”
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area to come forward.