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Victoria’s Secret Pulls 'Go East' Lingerie After Being Accused of Racism

| by Michael Allen

Victoria’s Secret has pulled its 'Go East' lingerie collection from its website, after one set called the 'Sexy Little Geisha' was accused of being racist.

The 'Sexy Little Geisha' was described as 'your ticket to an exotic adventure,' by Victoria's Secret, reports the Daily Mail.

The company pulled the intimate clothing line after Racialicious.com accused Victoria's Secret of  a "troubling attempt to sidestep authentic representation of a culture and opt instead for racialized fetishizing against Asian women."

"Donning a 'sexy Geisha' outfit to get the ball rolling in the bedroom remains offensive because it confirms a paradigm in which Asian people and their culture can be modified and sexualized and appropriated for the benefit of the West."

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TheFrisky.com added: "Considering the complicated history of geishas, repurposing the [geisha] 'look' for a major corporation to sell as role-playing lingerie seems a bit tasteless."