• Fri, Feb 21 - 9:28 am ET

Reformation’s Elana Rosenblatt Confuses Black History Month With Fried Chicken Stereotype Month On Instagram

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Not to paint with broad, stereotypical, generalizing strokes, but the fashion industry has a big race problem. Besides having a truly embarrassing lack of diversity in magazines and on runways, various fashion industry professionals continuously make racist comments or post pictures to their social media accounts that anyone with a modicum of common sense would realize was a bad idea. In the most recent case of total lack of decorum: Reformation‘s Elana Rosenblatt instagrammed a photo of herself and a friend eating fried chicken and captioned it “Happy black history month!!” Glad she got that extra exclamation point in there so we knew how excited she was.

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Apparently, when commenters revolted, Rosenblatt initially left the photo up and removed the caption. We got this image by way of a tipster who snagged a screen cap before Rosenblatt eventually took it down (although with limited success on her Facebook page). Too bad the Internet is forever.

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Sometimes race/religion/culture jokes are funny. This isn’t one of them. Earlier this month, Lena Dunham made a joke about Jewish women that fell totally flat, and in that case, her joke did more to perpetuate negative stereotypes than to be in any way funny. The same thing is happening here–this white woman is gleefully (two exclamation points!) celebrating stereotypes about black people that reduce an entire race into a one-dimensional, insulting conception. But Rosenblatt doesn’t care about that one bit–white privilege is knowing that you can be nuanced (it was a racist joke but I’m not a racist!) but that people of color won’t be afforded the same complexities.

Cheers to another Black History Month celebrated with significant cultural ignorance and racism!

[UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Ms. Rosenblatt as Reformations CEO. A representative contacted The Gloss to inform us of the following "Elana was at a party at an African American friend's house to celebrate Black History Month and the caption was written to reflect that. The post was removed as soon as Elana realized it might cause offense."]

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  • Samantha Escobar

    One of my favorite things about people who post stuff like this is that they delete the post, which indicates that they at least sort of understand that it was wrong.

  • Ashley Reese

    My favorite part of black history month is when racists show their asses.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    UGH What is wrong with people ?? two question marks.

  • NotAmusing

    Update: Fashionista.com has been bullied into removing their article. (Interesting)

    Very disappointing that a Jewish and a Asian woman, both who come from races that have been the victim of racism and stereotypes in America, would be so insensitive. I think they would be very insulted if someone posted on their instagram a photo of depicting a racial stereotype of Jews or Asians during either of their holiday time.