Amazon has come under fire for selling Chinese costumes that are advertised with models in yellowface.
At least one of the costumes is sold by a brand called Widmann, which calls the product an “Oriental Chinese Fancy Dress.”
Sarah Owen, a Member of the British Parliament, shed light on the matter after what she called a “frustrating” meeting with Amazon U.K.
“Had a frustrating meeting with @AmazonUK who can’t understand why these images of #yellowface are offensive and need removing. Slanted eye makeup, descriptions like oriental, Chinaman, Far East + mixing up Japanese/Chinese culture is not ok,” Owen wrote on Twitter. “Share and tell Amazon they are wrong.”
One of the images Owen shared shows a Caucasian woman being referred to as “China Girl.” She wore a pink qi pao that sold for 21.89 GBP ($29.25).
The other image shows two Caucasian models, a male and a female, who wore ensembles with confusing designs. They appear to be a mix of at least two types of dresses.
Slanted eye makeup, descriptions like oriental, Chinaman, Far East + mixing up Japanese/Chinese culture is not ok.
Share & tell Amazon they are wrong. pic.twitter.com/t9933KqMlS
— Sarah Owen MP (@SarahOwen_) November 23, 2020
Owen, who is British Chinese, has spoken against the racism faced by Asians amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, she told the Parliament about hearing two Members who allegedly called Chinese people “evil bastards.”
I can’t. Imagine having an actual meeting with @AmazonUK and them telling you, essentially your voice does not matter as an Asian woman. It’s like the people that put chopsticks in their hair for the sake of aesthetics 🤮
— 江伊芙 (@evecong) November 23, 2020
Twitter users slammed the costumes as offensive and discriminatory.
“Like something from a 1970s sketch show. Grim beyond belief,” one wrote.
Another commented, “[I] think it’ll take a long time for many businesses and some people to recognize the pain and discrimination felt that this is only part of. It’s a shame Amazon can’t show some leadership on this.”
“How can Amazon U.K. even sell that. People are so insensitive. It’s very offensive,” another echoed.
Feature Images via Amazon / @SarahOwen_