Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Calvin Klein Store Display

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Here is an interesting poll/clip about a Calvin Klein store display that some people have claimed to be racist.

Some argued that the mannequins are gray, and therefore, you cannot tell what race they are. In my opinion, it does not matter how “dark” the mannequins are, but rather, the way in which the mannequins are being used. This is not an appropriate way to present clothing. If these mannequins were being hung with fishing line and positioned in different directions, I do not see an issue. But, these mannequins are being strapped with ropes, which poses the question of whether this store display indicates some form of lynching. I am shocked that such a display was approved.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/abraham/detail??blogid=95&entry_id=47447

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Written by carlyeg

September 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I can definitely see how this could be seen as offensive. I think they should change the poses. I can’t believe they didn’t realize how the display could be perceived.

    erom13

    September 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

  2. I have worked part-time in retail for a few years and I have never seen anything like that. I agree with you- they should change the display especially the poses. Sometimes designers just like to see how abstract and bizarre they can be with their mannequins but they dont realize that people view things differently.

    rhenf1989

    September 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

  3. i really think the Calvin Klein really did a offensive thing. I think they should change the poses in the store. but i also think they did this without realizing it might offend some people.

    domsangs

    September 18, 2009 at 12:33 am

  4. This is very stupid on the part of Calvin Klein. I guess they are always trying to be cutting edge and cool but how can not one person take a look at that and be like maybe that’s not such a good idea. I’m sure this had to be approved by more than one person. I don’t see how you can’t see this as potentially racist.

    jturner36

    September 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm


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