Flirting With Fascism: The Design World’s Bizarre Romance With Totalitarian Imagery


In 2007, on a trip to Peru, the actress Cameron Diaz carried a bag with a message in Chinese characters, which were soon confirmed to be a Chinese communist slogan. Given the 69,000 people who died or disappeared between 1980 and 2000 as a result of a Maoist insurgency in Peru, the bag’s prominent image of Chairman Mao was hard for locals to let slide. Diaz — who had apparently never seen this episode of Peep Show — swiftly emailed an apology to the Associated Press.