Fashion brand Gap Kids is in trouble on Twitter over an ad which some people claim has a racist subtext.
Four girls pose for the brand’s Ellen Degeneres line of clothing, GapKids X ED, with the caption “meet the kids who are proving that girls can do anything”. The picture causing controversy is the top right where on girl is posing with her arm resting on a shorter black girl’s head, people are accusing the ad of claiming that African American girls are props.
meet the kids who are proving that girls can do anything.
— GapKids (@GapKids) April 2, 2016
Here’s a screenshot of the photo:
Twitter exploded with claims of racism and anger that the entire Gap marketing team didn’t pick up the problem with the picture:
@GapKids my 6 year old saw this and immediately recognized the problem but a whole adult PR dept missed it.
— Loc’d Hair Free Mind (@klpqueen) April 3, 2016
— ReadEverythingDotCom (@ASHA7777) April 2, 2016
— Fatima La’Juan Muse (@TheTherapyDiva) April 2, 2016
@GapKids Why is the little black girl being used as an arm rest? I’m sure there were better photos taken. You should fix it.
— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) April 3, 2016
— laT. (@stilettowolf) April 2, 2016
— Jennifer L. Pozner (@jennpozner) April 3, 2016
— Carrie Cutforth (@CeeCut4th) April 3, 2016
The hashtag #notyourarmrest is circulating over Twitter in response to the photoshoot