New H&M tagline sparks outcry over gender violence association

The launch of a collection by Italian designer Giambattista Valli for H&M in Paris on Nov. 7. (Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2019

New H&M tagline sparks outcry over gender violence association

KUALA LUMPUR: A new collection from fashion giant H&M has unleashed protests from women’s rights campaigners because it includes the slogan “I love GBV,” the initials of the designer but also a widely used acronym for gender-based violence.

H&M said the slogan, emblazoned on hats, a necklace and boxer shorts with a red heart symbolising the word “love,” was an abbreviation of Italian designer Giambattista Valli and any other associations were unintentional.

But women’s rights activists demanded the products be withdrawn saying it was “crazy” to keep selling them. “This is not an obscure term. It’s very commonly used as a short hand for gender-based violence,” said Heather Barr, the women’s rights division co-director at global advocacy group Human Rights Watch.

The Swedish retailer launched the clothing line on Nov. 7 in its first collaboration with Rome-born Valli, known in the fashion world for its ready-to-wear and haute couture pieces.

“We condemn any type of violence, and as a value driven company, we believe in an inclusive and equal society,” H&M said.


CNN's Cuomo says he has coronavirus, has shown symptoms

Updated 31 March 2020

CNN's Cuomo says he has coronavirus, has shown symptoms

  • “I just hope I didn't give it to the kids and Cristina,” he tweeted

NEW YORK: CNN prime-time host Chris Cuomo announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus but promised to continue doing his show from the basement of his home.
Cuomo, who did his 9 p.m. Eastern show remotely Monday, said he's had fever, chills and shortness of breath.
“I just hope I didn't give it to the kids and Cristina,” he tweeted, in a reference to his wife.
Cuomo's older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been one of the most visible political figures during the pandemic, and appeared on his brother's show remotely on Monday.
The governor discussed his younger brother during his daily press briefing Tuesday morning.
"He's a really, sweet beautiful guy, and he's my best friend," the governor said of his brother.