Estee Lauder forces out John Demsey over offensive Instagram post : NPR

John Demsey attends the 2019 WWD Magnificence Inc Awards at The Rainbow Room on Dec. 11, 2019 in New York Metropolis. Estee Lauder introduced on Monday that it fired Demsey after he posted an offensive publish on Instagram.

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John Demsey attends the 2019 WWD Magnificence Inc Awards at The Rainbow Room on Dec. 11, 2019 in New York Metropolis. Estee Lauder introduced on Monday that it fired Demsey after he posted an offensive publish on Instagram.

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After greater than three many years at one of many world’s largest beauty firms, Estée Lauder introduced it has terminated senior govt John Demsey after he posted a racially offensive meme on Instagram final week.

Demsey, who served as the corporate’s govt group president, will go away the corporate and retire on March 4, in keeping with a latest regulatory submitting.

In an announcement launched Monday, the cosmetics firm mentioned that Demsey’s firing was a results of his “latest Instagram posts, which don’t mirror the values of the Estée Lauder Corporations” — saying his posts induced “widespread offense.”

“Inclusion, range and fairness are core to our firm’s values and priorities globally. Moreover, over the previous two years, we now have labored collectively as a company to advance our strategy to racial fairness and have taken a tough have a look at the place we will and may do higher,” mentioned govt chairman William P. Lauder and CEO Fabrizio Freda.

“Collectively we’re making progress towards our commitments to our workers, our companions, and shoppers,” the corporate provides.

Estée Lauder mentioned Demsey was knowledgeable he should “go away the corporate, efficient this week.”

As first reported by The Wall Road Journal final week, one in all Demsey’s Instagram posts on his private account featured a meme of a Sesame Road parody guide cowl. In an article by Insider, the meme referred to one of many characters utilizing the N-word, saying he “accomplished received the ‘rona at a Chingy live performance;” the “rona” referring to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The meme has since been deleted from Demsey’s Instagram account. Demsey was suspended final week whereas the corporate investigated the incident.

On Saturday, Demsey posted an apology to Instagram, saying he was “terribly sorry” and the meme “is the furthest factor” from what he stands for.

“There aren’t sufficient phrases to specific my regret and sorrow,” Demsey mentioned. “Not solely did I harm many individuals whom I respect, the horrible mistake that I made has undermined all the pieces I’ve been working for since I started my profession 31 years in the past.”

Information of Demsey’s abrupt firing comes as many giant firms and firms are aiming to develop into extra inclusive following the homicide of George Floyd in 2020.

Following Floyd’s homicide, firms throughout the globe started issuing calls to motion — together with extra range in promoting, elevated spending on numerous firms and even promising to rent and promote their Black workers.

The Estée Lauder Corporations was based almost 70 years in the past in New York Metropolis. The corporate manufactures a variety of skincare, make-up, perfume and hair care merchandise whereas proudly owning a various variety of magnificence manufacturers, akin to MAC, Bobbi Brown and Clinique.

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