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Dolce & Gabanna Co-Founders Issue Apology After Receiving Backlash for Ad Campaign - Watch

Dolce & Gabanna‘s Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are asking for forgiveness.

The brand’s co-founders issued a video on Friday (November 23) apologizing after receiving backlash for their latest ad campaign, which resulted in the cancellation of a show on Wednesday (November 21) in Shanghai, China.

In the video campaign, which has been accused of being racist, a Chinese woman struggles to eat pizza and pasta with chopsticks while a narrator provides eating “lessons.”

“In the face of our cultural misunderstanding, we hope that we can earn your forgiveness,” said Domenico in Italian in their apology video with Chinese subtitles.

“We will never forget this experience and lesson, and this sort of thing will never happen again,” said Stefano.

Several retailers have reportedly pulled the brand from their stores and websites in China and Hong Kong.

Watch their apology below.

Dolce & Gabbana Cancels China Fashion Show Amid Backlash

The Dolce&Gabbana fashion show scheduled to take place in China on Wednesday (November 21) was canceled just hours ahead of the event after backlash against the label and designer Stefano Gabbana.

The brand billed the show as a “tribute to China,” but there has been backlash against some marketing materials, including a social media video series titled “Eating With Chopsticks.”

The videos were deleted from the Dolce&Gabbana account on Chinese social media platform Weibo, though Gabbana allegedly was against the decision, according to alleged direct messages he sent to an Instagram user. The alleged messages defended the videos and called the Chinese press, “China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia.”

Dolce&Gabbana released a statement saying that their Instagram account and also Gabbana‘s Instagram account were hacked and the messages were not sent by them.

Many of the models hired to walk in the fashion show announced that they would be boycotting it.

Click inside to read the statement the brand released upon canceling the show… More Here! »

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Madonna Slams Dolce & Gabbana: 'Think Before You Speak'

Madonna is the latest celebrity to slam fashion designers and openly gay couple Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana for the controversial comments they made about IVF and gay adoption.

The 56-year-old entertainer has worn outfits designed by the men on many occasions (including in the photo used here) and has even modeled in their campaigns. Her MDNA concert film premiere was also sponsored by the fashion brand back in 2013.

“All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families,” Madonna wrote on Instagram. “There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy? Every soul comes to us to teach us a lesson. God has his hand in everything even technology! We are arrogant to think Man does anything on his own. As above so below! Think before you speak… ❤️#livingforlove.”

Stefano has fired back at the controversy not once, but two times already.

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Dolce & Gabbana Explain Their Controversial Comments About 'Synthetic Children'

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have given an interview to explain their controversial comments about IVF and “synthetic children.”

“I believe in the traditional family,” Dolce told CNN. “It is impossible to change my culture for something different. It’s me… I respect all the world, all the culture.”

Stefano wanted to make clear that he wasn’t preaching how to live life. “We love gay couple. We are gay. We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything. It’s just an express of my private point of view,” he said.

“I love the music of Elton John,” Dolce said about wanting to end the controversy. “Every people resolve everything by talk… we start to talk, the problem is resolved. Every people [has] freedom for choosing what they want. This for me is democracy. I respect you because you choose what you want. I respect me because I choose what I want… This just my point of private view.”

“Boycott Dolce & Gabbana for what? They don’t think like you? This is correct? This is not correct. We are in 2015. This is like medieval. It’s not correct,” Stefano added.

Elton John and lots of other celebrities have spoken out against the fashion duo after their controversial comments.

Cher Slams Dolce & Gabbana, Compares Them to the Tea Party

Cher is the latest celebrity to take a stand against openly-gay couple and fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana following their controversial comments on IVF.

“Ok..Dolce & Gabbana⁉️ Hhmmm….I Didn’t Know They Were Members Of The TEA PARTY😳,” the 68-year-old singer tweeted.

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A boycott of the fashion designers was started by Elton John when the designers said in an interview that kids born through IVF are “synthetic children” and that gay couples shouldn’t have children as they should be born to a mother and a father.

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