Sexy little geisha lingerie sparks racial backlash

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Victoria's Secret is facing backlash after debuting its recent line of Asian-inspired lingerie, which critics claim stereotypes eastern culture.

The world-popular lingerie store recently released its "Go East" line of lingerie, featuring an outfit entitled "Sexy Little Geisha". According to the Huffington Post, the outfit features an obi belt with matching fan and chopsticks.

Members of the Asian-American community have said the outfit is offensive and have accused the lingerie giant of exploiting sexual stereotypes of Asian women, CNN News reported. According to Racialicious contributor Nina Jacinto, "It's a troubling attempt to sidestep authentic representation and humanization of a culture and opt instead for racialized fetishizing against Asian women."

The Sexy Little Geisha number is no longer available on the Victoria's Secret website, the Huffington Post reported. The company has reportedly removed the item as well as the entire "Go East" collection.

CNN News reported that, in a statement to a reporter from Bust magazine, the company's press office suggested the product had simply sold out.

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