Italian Designer Apologizes For Likening Madonna To ‘Human Toilet’
By Izza Sofia, 19 Jun 2019
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Italian fashion designer Marcelo Burlon has issued an apology after calling Madonna a “human toilet.”
Madonna arrived at JFK airport donning colorful pieces from Burlon’s brand, County of Milan, from head to toe. The getup was composed of sweatpants and a hoodie covered in striking designs of stick figures and drawings.
However, instead of thanking Madonna for publicizing his brand, he expressed his disappointment at the ensemble in a since-deleted Facebook post.
Burlon shared photos of the singer with an insulting message declaring that Madonna was a “la cessa,” which means “human toilet.”
Fashion watchdog Diet Prada noticed his post and, in turn, described the designer as “human garbage.”
The account also stressed that the pieces Madonna wore weren’t given to her for free, and that she paid for them with her own money. Diet Prada then categorized Burlon with “other woman-shaming misogynist designers” like Stefano and Philip Plein.
Burlon’s controversial post has understandably caused an outrage on social media. He has since deleted the rant and apologized on his social media platforms for criticizing Madonna and “talking bulls**t about her.”
The fashion designer further claimed that the Italian slur used to describe the singer is a term he uses with his close friends, and he construed it as unoffensive.
He continued to say that it was never his intention to “provoke antagonism or hate.” It was basically a stupid mistake, he said, which should not be misunderstood as misogynistic.
“I express my sincere regret to Madonna,” Burlon apologized, extending his remorse to anyone offended by the label.
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@marceloburlon proving to be human garbage. Yesterday in Facebook post, the designer captioned a photo set of @madonna wearing the brand. An approximate translation reads: “And the time finally came that Madonna, la cessa, wore County [of Milan]. I want to guarantee that nobody has given her anything for free, but that she paid with your money.” “La cessa”, is an Italian slang word that basically means human toilet or to say that someone is ugly as f**k. After deleting the Facebook post, Burlon began publicizing those same photos on Instagram stories 🙄🤮. Dieters, time to file him and his brand along with the other woman-shaming misogynist designers (Stefano and Philipp Plein, we’re looking at you). Swipe ▶️ for his lame ass apology plus some cringey hypocrisy. • #marceloburloncountyofmilan #marceloburlon #countyofmilan #mfw #milanfashionweek #menswear #mensfashion #streetstyle #hypebeast #streetwear #misogyny #misogynist #hypocrite #lame #garbage #jerk #loser #madonna #madge #hoodie #sweatpants #logo #graffiti #wiwt #ootd #airportstyle #dietprada
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I made a huge mistake and I would first and foremost like to apologize for my stupidity. Social media is a tool which can often be used for a frivolous laugh, but what I really learned today is that this should never ever be at the expense of another person, or group of people. I would like to ask forgiveness and express my most sincere regret to Madonna and anyone whom I might have offended, insulted, or touched. Yesterday I posted images of Madonna wearing my brand stating that she purchased the garments herself. I haphazardly and irresponsibly used a common italian slur to describe her. The term, which I use often with close friends, in context is non offensive, but I clearly understand that it was my mistake to assume that I could speak on social media using the same tone that I use in my daily private life. Instead of celebrating the fact that a celebrated, and highly respected woman like Madonna ( who is a woman, a mother, a daughter, a friend, and an inspiration to many ) made a choice to freely wear something from my collection I have played foolish and irreverent. My intention was never to provoke antagonism or hate. I made a naive and stupid mistake but the root of this should not be misunderstood as misogynistic because that was in no way my motivation. As anyone close to me can attest, I have always attempted to effectively live my life without gender, age, or racially based prejudice. I am not perfect, and I too learn daily from my surroundings which is why I would sincerely like to punctuate that there was in no way malicious intent based on gender or age in my post. I love and I want to share love and harmony. I also intend to learn from my mistakes. With humility. Sincerely, Marcelo Burlon.
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