American Apparel has always blurred the line between advertising and exploitation. Photos from a 2011 catalog featured a California farmer as a prop next to a white model.
Barneys has come under fire in recent days when two separate instances of racial profiling were brought to light. Two black customers who were stopped by police after making expensive purchases at the department store are filing discrimination lawsuits against both the store and the New York City Police Department.
Many of America’s biggest brands, designers, and retailers have been caught up in a racial discrimination controversy (some more than once). Check out which of them have been less than culturally sensitive below!