Top designer Dolce & Gabbana have come under fire for an advertisement that depicts the gang rape of a woman.
Though the advert is 8 years old, critics of the brand brought it was brought back to the limelight days after designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce called children born through IVF ‘synthetic.
The brand’s highly controversial Spring/Summer 2007 campaign ad that showed a woman being restrained by a bare-chested man as a group of men in various states of undress look on.
The advertisement was banned from being used in Italian publications after it ran several times when it was determined that it ‘offended the dignity of the woman,’ and pulled in the United States after running just once in an issue of Esquire.
When the ad was first pulled in Spain, the design duo referred to the people of that country as ‘a bit backward.’
Publicist Kelly Cutrone posted the ad to her Twitter account on Sunday, writing; ‘I GUESS SIMULATING GANG BANGS ARE FINE – BUT IVF AND SAME SEX MARRIAGE ARE NOT – LIFE ACCORDING TO @dolcegabbana.’
— Kelly Cutrone (@kellycutrone) March 15, 2015
The ad actually features one of Cutrone’s former costars on the MTV reality series The City, model Adam Senn.
The duo also depicted a group sex scene featuring all men in another ad that was slightly more graphic, though the man, unlike the woman, was not being restrained.