Top Estée Lauder Exec John Demsey Exits Company Over Chingy Meme Following Racism Accusations
Written by B87FM on February 28, 2022
We’re positive Chingy didn’t anticipate his identify to develop into entangled in drama as we speak (February 28), however he has been trending. The web is overrun with memes and foolish takes on popular culture and politics, however a high-profile govt has discovered himself out of a job after reposting a photograph. John Demsey, the chief group president of mega-cosmetics model Estée Lauder, was faraway from his place with the corporate after being accused of racism over a meme he reposted on social media.
The meme featured Sesame Road characters Huge Chicken and Mr. Snuffleupagus, and it included the caption, “My n***a Snuffy sone obtained the ‘rona at a Chingy live performance.”
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The submit went viral and Estée Lauder responded on its web site, stating that Demsey “should depart the corporate” as a result of his submit doesn’t “mirror” its “values.”
“Inclusion, range and fairness are core to our firm’s values and priorities globally. Moreover, over the previous two years, we’ve got labored collectively as a company to advance our strategy to racial fairness and have taken a tough take a look at the place we are able to and will do higher,” the firm stated.
A spokesperson for Estée Lauder clarified that Demsey “was not fired, he was informed he needed to depart the corporate and is retiring this week.”
A distraught Demsey returned to social media with an apology. “I’m terribly sorry and deeply ashamed that I hurt so many people after I made the horrible mistake of carelessly reposting a racist meme with out studying it beforehand. There usually are not sufficient phrases to precise my regret and sorrow,” he wrote.
“Not solely did I damage many individuals whom I respect, the horrible mistake that I made has undermined every part I’ve been working for since I started my profession 31 years in the past. The meme is the furthest factor from what I stand for and I ought to have by no means reposted it… I’m so sorry that I let down the Firm that I’ve devoted my life’s work to in addition to its workers, artists, mates, and colleagues. I hope that in time folks will choose me, not for this terrible mistake, however for my lifetime of phrases and actions, which show my respect for all folks.”
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