WTF: Forever 21 Gets Dragged For Letting A White Model Wear A 'Black Panther'-Inspired Sweater

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018/11/09: Shoppers are seen outside Forever 21 store on London's Oxford Street.
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WTF: Forever 21 Gets Dragged For Letting A White Model Wear A 'Black Panther'-Inspired Sweater

"Y'all really put a COLONIZER in a Wakanda shirt."

Published December 18, 2018

Black Panther  was one of the biggest movies released this year.

With the film instantly being heralded a classic and spawning the popular catchphrase "Wakanda Forever," it was only right that big brands released merchandise inspired by the film.

Unfortunately for popular retailer Forever 21, their spin on Black Panther-inspired gear came with controversy.

  1. The fashion site came under fire after they shared an image of a Wakanda Forever Fair Isle Sweater worn by a non-Black model.

    Fans of the film immediately took to Twitter with questions about the brand's model selection.

  2. With backlash mounting on social media, reps from Forever 21 followed up with an apology in a statement to TMZ.

    "Forever 21 takes feedback on our products and marketing extremely seriously. We celebrate all superheroes with many different models of various ethnicities and apologize if the photo in question was offensive in any way," the statement read.

    The original tweet has since been deleted from Forever 21's Twitter, and an image of the sweater has replaced the controversial pic of the model on the company's website.

Written by BET Staff

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