Blog: Leonie BarrieBeyond the realms of bad taste

Leonie Barrie | 14 August 2003

I’ve just received an update on the Izzue story from Paul French, the Shanghai-based publishing director of Access Asia. He writes that store displays of the new line of clothes printed with swastikas and other Nazi party symbols “were incredible to say the least.” He adds: “The real bit of gossip is that the celebrity designer/endorser for the brand is a great, and very beautiful, Hong Kong actress called Maggie Cheung. She is probably the biggest single product endorser in China and has been squeaky clean till now. This is a major headache for her.”

He also notes that this kind of controversy is nothing new. “I went to Taipei, Taiwan, a few years ago and they had a Holocaust themed restaurant with waitresses in rags and black and white pictures of concentration camps on the walls – that lasted about two weeks until the government closed it down after protests from the US and Israeli embassies.”

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