Moschino’s Jeremy Scott Gets Flak For ‘Illegal Aliens’ Ad Starring Gigi Hadid
Moschino designer Jeremy Scott has given fans a sneak peek of his upcoming Fall 2018 campaign via Instagram through a campaign shot by Steven Meisel and modeled by Gigi Hadid.
Here, Hadid is painted in blue and dons a bright orange outfit as part of Scott’s Fall 2018 collection. While Hadid looks fashion-forward in the image, Scott’s caption has left fans shaking their heads.
“THE ONLY THING ILLEGAL ABOUT THIS ALIEN IS HOW GOOD SHE LOOKS,” wrote the designer inside the caption, which drew mixed reactions from netizens following the ongoing immigration policy crisis that has been making headlines the world over.
Many netizens requested that Scott delete the caption as it reflected ignorance. Instagram user ‘zestylemur’ commented, “I don’t know why you thought that caption was cute but reconsider forreal.”
Scott responded to the backlash saying, “THE ENTIRE CONCEPT OF MY AD CAMPAIGN WAS TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE US ADMINISTRATION’S HARSH STANCE TOWARDS ‘ILLEGAL ALIENS’. I PAINTED THE MODELS IN MY SHOW AND THIS CAMPAIGN AS A WAY TO BRING ATTENTION TO THIS AND DISCUSS WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ‘ALIEN’ ARE THEY ORANGE BLUE YELLOW GREEN ? NO THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, CO WORKERS, RELATIVES AND PEOPLE WE LOVE.”
The tone-deaf campaign comes in the midst of the immigration crisis following President Donald Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ policy, which has led to family members being separated at the US border and immigrant children sleeping in large cages.
Only recently did Trump sign an executive order to put the policy to an end.
ALIEN NATION ! @gigihadid STARS IN MY NEW @moschino CAMPAIGN SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL & STYLED BY @carlynecerfdedudzeele HAIR & MAKE UP BY @guidopalau & @patmcgrathreal. WHAT IS AN “ALIEN?” THE CONCEPT OF MY AD CAMPAIGN IS TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE US ADMINISTRATION’S HARSH STANCE TOWARDS ‘ILLEGAL ALIENS.’ I PAINTED THE MODELS IN MY SHOW AND THIS CAMPAIGN AS A WAY TO OPEN A DISCUSSION ON WHAT EXACTLY AN 'ALIEN' IS – ARE THEY ORANGE BLUE YELLOW GREEN? DOES THIS MATTER? THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, CO WORKERS, RELATIVES AND PEOPLE WE LOVE.
THE ONLY THING ILLEGAL ABOUT THIS ALIEN IS HOW GOOD SHE LOOKS ! @gigihadid STARS IN MY NEW @moschino CAMPAIGN SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL & STYLED BY carlynecerfdedudzeele HAIR & MAKE UP BY… https://t.co/ZzpZORpRWt
— JEREMY SCOTT (@ITSJEREMYSCOTT) June 25, 2018
Hey this caption ain’t cute
— Mandy D (@deng_ali) June 25, 2018
W all that’s happening rn this clickbait is in terrible taste…I’d never advise a client to do this…reconsider your PR!
— Arzoolander (@ArzuYonak) June 26, 2018
Please reconsider this phrasing 🙁
— Tess (@HiThisIsTess) June 25, 2018[via HelloGiggles, opening image via Its Jeremy Scott]