Gucci apologizes, pulls sweater after customers say it resembles blackface

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Gucci has pulled a wool sweater from stores and issued an apology after receiving backlash from customers who said it resembled blackface. (Credit: Gucci)

Gucci has pulled a wool sweater from stores and issued an apology after receiving backlash from customers who said it resembled blackface.

The black, turtleneck balaclava sweater covers the nose and includes a red cut-out around the mouth.

The sweater was ridiculed on social media as being insensitive and racist and came as pressure on politicians who were seen sporting blackface years ago heats up.

The fashion mogul issued a statement Wednesday, saying it was committed to diversity.

The statement read in part: "We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond."

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