French label under fire over ‘Don’t Shoot’ t-shirt inspired by Lebanese war

Updated 26 June 2019
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French label under fire over ‘Don’t Shoot’ t-shirt inspired by Lebanese war

DUBAI: French label Vetements has come under fire online for featuring a T-shirt that read “Don’t shoot” in Arabic, French and English,at its Spring/Summer 2020 show last week.

The t-shirt is a replica of one worn by journalists in Lebanon in 1982’s Israeli invasion of the country.

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Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Emirati fashion label Qasimi released a near identical t-shirt in 2018, which led regional influencers such as Tamara Al-Gabbani and the designer himself to take to Instagram with angry comments.

Speaking to Vogue Arabia this week, Khalid bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, who doesn’t own copyright for the phrase, said: “I understand what they are doing. It’s about consumerism. But it’s a complete f*** you to the region … I used that print to highlight the plight of something going on in the Middle East. For Vetements to use it in such a flippant and provocative manner; I don’t think they realize what these words mean to us Arabs.”

Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia is no stranger to controversy, having come under sire in 2016 for his t-shirt emblazoned with the DHL logo.

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What We Are Reading Today: Emperors Of The Deep by William McKeever

Updated 18 July 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Emperors Of The Deep by William McKeever

  • Sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem

In this groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks — magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet, according to published on goodreads.com.

From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species — Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White — as never before, and includes fascinating details.

McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s pre-historic secrets and how it has become the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predator.