UPDATED on September 6, 2017:
Following the firing of black trans model Munroe Bergdorf from a L’Oréal 'diversity' campaign, spokesmodel Clara Amfo has asked to be removed from her position as a face for the project.
Bergdorf was fired following a statement she made speaking against white supremacy and systematic racism. In response, Amfo posted this statement to Instagram to share her disappointment in the decision and to share we was seeking to be removed from the campaign, stating:
"Not even a week ago I was proud to announce that I was to be in the same campaign as Munroe. A trans woman of colour who @lorealmakeup hired to sell make up because of who she is...
She has now been dropped from the campaign because L'Oreal feel that she is "at odds with our values".....If she's not "worth it" anymore, I guess I'm not either. #IStandWithMunroe.
When reaching out for comment, Mic confirmed she has indeed requested to be removed from all L’Oréal imagery: “I can confirm that I have requested to be removed from all L’Oréal campaign artwork at the same time as Munroe."
Read the statement in full, below.
Original article below:
Beauty empire L'Oreal has hugely dropped the ball with its new contentious ploy at pretending to be "diverse." After hiring black, transgender model Munroe Bergdorf to take part in the company's diversity campaign, they've just announced that they have fired her for speaking out against systematic racism.
L’Oréal champions diversity. Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her.— L'Oréal Paris UK (@LOrealParisUK) September 1, 2017
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, continued KKK presence in cities across the nation and simply blatant racism normalized in Western culture, Bergdorf posted a now deleted Facebook status venting about systematic racism and the frustrations involved in white supremacy.
The Facebook post was then picked up by the Daily Mail which zeroed in on a comment made stating that due to societal conditioning, "Yes ALL white people" are racist. The Facebook post read:
"Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.
'Because most of ya'll don't even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***."
Criticizers of Bergdorf's statement are unfortunately emphasizing the real issue at hand. Having made a nuanced statement about the historical facts related to Western civilization, Bergdorf apparently hit a nerve with sensitive people that don't understand the statement as fact and not a judgement call.
Bergdorf took to Facebook once again to not only double down on her comments, but to clarify to anyone who may have missed the point of her initial statements and also call out the irony of being hired for a diversity campaign and then fired for speaking out against racism:
"The irony of all this is that L’Oréal Paris invited me to be part of a beauty campaign that ‘stands for diversity’. The fact that up until very recently, there has been next to no mainstream brands offering makeup for black women and ethnic minorities, is in itself due to racism within the industry."
You can read the status in its entirety, below: