BEIJING: A Chinese model, featured in a Dolce & Gabbana promotional video attacked for its cultural insensitivity, apologized for its role in production, more than two months after the outbreak of the firestorm.
Dolce & Gabbana had to cancel a Shanghai fashion show as a result of the incident
The controversy began in November after the Italian fashion company released short clips on Instagram in which a woman eats pizza and spaghetti with chopsticks, according to critics Chinese culture was offensive.
It escalated after taking screenshots of an Instagram user with comic co-founder Stefano Gabbana, who used smiling poop emojis to describe China, triggering insults on the country and its people.
"I do not interpret correctly With chopsticks I express my deepest regret," wrote the model Zuo Ye in a longer post, which was filed on Monday on the social media platform Weibo.
"I appreciate the f I understand that this is not just my personal act, but that I represent the image of our country and Chinese culture so that I am guilty and deeply apologetic and will definitely improve my decency in the future . "
̵1; The Straits Times (@STcom) January 23, 2019
When Zuo identified herself as a full-time model, she was assaulted after the video surfaced and received online threats, including her agent, her family, and her friends extended.
Chronological coverage During the Milan shoot-out in November, Zuo said she had no idea that the video was being edited as it was and was just trying to be cooperative.
"I will learn well from this incident and from the future Chinese culture in a better way," she wrote.
Dolce & Gabbana had to stop a Shanghai fash As a result of this incident, a show was shown in which the brand issued an apology statement claiming that Gabbanas account had been hacked.
The situation was not reassured, and the Italian fashion house's products disappeared from several Chinese e-commerce platforms.  The founders of the brand finally apologized to the customers in a specially shot video.
But Dolce & Gabbana products are not yet searchable on the Taobao e-commerce site, while search queries on JD.com show no results.