“Gucci was found to feature an Asian-looking model with small eyes, ‘unconventional’ makeup, an exaggerated nose ring and a leather whip in hand,” he said.
The article noted that while the model could be seen in a photo on Gucci’s official Twitter account, only her hand could be seen holding the item on the company’s Weibo. Twitter is one of the foreign social media services that are blocked by the censors of the ruling Communist Party.
Representatives for Kering, which owns the Gucci brand, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 2018, Mercedes-Benz apologized for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram, a move that the Global times also criticized. The automaker had attached a quote from the Tibetan spiritual leader to a post that featured a sleek luxury model: “Look at situations from all angles and you will become more open.”
Daimler said last week it would cut its stake in the Denza electric car joint venture with China’s BYD Auto Industry Co after years of weak sales. BYD will own 90 percent of the business and Daimler 10 percent after a capital transfer that the companies plan to complete in mid-2022, the Mercedes-Benz maker said.
The joint venture started in March 2012. Its weak profitability has been a concern for Daimler for years, even as sales of its Mercedes luxury vehicles continued to rise in China.