A History of Racism in Fashion

Details "Gay or Asian"

Year: 2004

Details' Anthropology back-page series tackled tough issues, like "Gay or Jesus?" and "Gay or British?", but its "Gay or Asian?" edition drew intense ire. The Asian-American community rallied hard against lines like "whether you're into shrimp balls or shaved balls, entering the dragon requires imperial taste" and "perfect for waxing on and waxing off, plucking a koto, or gripping the Kendo stick." Making Details' fail even worse was the fact that it lumped all of Asian culture into one big group. After a protest and a petition with thousands of signatures, a full-page apology was printed in a subsequent issue of the magazine.

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