Italian designer Marcelo Burlon has issued an apology after referring to Madonna as a “human toilet”.
Burlon, who serves as the creative director for the brand County of Milan, made the comment after the Like a Virgin hitmaker was photographed wearing an ensemble from the label that included black sweatpants and a matching sweatshirt adorned with colourful graphics and designs.
The designer shared the images to his Facebook account on Sunday along with a caption which translated to: “And the time finally came that Madonna, the human toilet, wore County (of Milan). I want to guarantee that nobody has given her anything for free, but that she paid with your money.”
Burlon later deleted the post and issued a lengthy statement expressing his regret over the comments on Tuesday.
“I made a huge mistake and I would first and foremost like to apologise for my stupidity,” he wrote. “Social media is a tool which can often be used for a frivolous laugh, but what I really learned today is that this should never ever be at the expense of another person or group of people.”
He then clarified that he often uses such slurs as a joke with friends and also noted he should have been honoured the iconic singer wore his pieces.
“I would like to ask forgiveness and express my most sincere regret to Madonna and anyone whom I might have offended, insulted or touched,” Burlon added. “My intention was never to provoke antagonism or hate. I made a naive and stupid mistake but the root of this should not be misunderstood as misogynistic because that was in no way my motivation.”
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