'We Love China Deeply': Versace Issues Apology After T-Shirt Gaffe
Fashion house Versace has issued an apology after facing criticism from China over one of its t-shirts.
The garments in question were widely slammed on Chinese media for suggesting that Hong Kong and Macau were countries, according to Reuters.
The t-shirts (which were on sale for about $560) list a number of cities followed by their matching countries like Milan, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France.
However, the listings of Hong, Kong, Hong Kong and Macau, Macau angered residents in China for undermining the country's sovereignty over the two special administrative regions.
Chinese actress Yang Mi released a statement through her studio writing that she would no longer act as a brand ambassador for Versace over the controversy.
“China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty are sacred and inviolable at all times,” the statement from Jiaxing Media read.
Donatella Versace -- the brand's creative director -- has now issued a personal apology for the offensive t-shirts.
“I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error that was made by our Company and that is being currently discussed on various social media channels," she wrote in a statement that was posted to Instagram.
"Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused.”
The statement went on to say that Versace "accepts accountability and is exploring actions to improve how we operate day-to-day to become more conscientious and aware".
The comments section is a mix between those applauding Donatella for the apology and those questioning the post, using the hashtag #FreeHongKong.
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