LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR (France), THE GUARDIAN (UK)

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PARIS - Spanish fashion retailer Mango has issued an official apology for advertizing a necklace on its French website as “slave style,” blaming it on a "translation error."

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Screenshot of the incriminating ad on Mango’s French website now removed

French actresses Aïssa Maïga and Sonia Rolland quickly launched an online petition entitled "Slavery Is Not Fashion" to boycott the brand and have the 24.99 euro necklace removed from the collection, French daily Le Nouvel Observateur reports.

In response to the petition, which garnered thousands of signatures, the Spanish fashion retailer removed the controversial label from its website and apologized on its official Twitter account:


@deejaydie94 Nous regrettons cette erreur de traduction. Les services correspondants sontprévenus et effectueront la correction.

— MANGO (@Mango) March 4, 2013

Translation: "We regret the translation error. Relevant services have been alerted and will make the correction"

In Spanish, the word "esclava" can mean both "slave" and "bracelet."

In June 2012, German sports apparel maker Adidas had similarly cancelled plans for a training shoe with a shackle-like ankle cuff after critics said it resembled a symbol of slavery, the Guardian reported.

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Germany's Legendary Clubbing Culture Crashes Museum Space

The exhibition “Electro” in Düsseldorf is an unlikely tribute to a joyful and uninhibited club culture, with curators forced to contend with limits of a museum setting ... and another COVID lockdown.

A woman with a "Techno" tattoo in front of the famous Berghain

Boris Pofalla

DÜSSELDORF — The last party at the Berghain nightclub in Berlin lasted from Saturday evening until Monday morning. On the first weekend of December, some clubbers lined up for nine hours outside the former power plant – and still didn’t make it past the doormen. A friend said that dancing in the most famous techno club in the world on its last evening was like landing a spot in the last lifeboat to leave the sinking Titanic on 14 April 1912.

It is surely a coincidence that the first comprehensive exhibition charting the 100-year history of electronic music in Germany opened in the same week that nightclubs across the country were forced to close. It wasn’t planned that way, but it’s like opening an exhibition about the cultural history of alcohol the day after the introduction of prohibition.

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