These messages from black, queer and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf have done the rounds of late. Note L’Oreal has NOT made these comments.
Munroe Bergdorf, who has been a consultant on the UK diversity and inclusion advisory board of L’Oréal Paris since June 2020, wrote these comments back in 2017, when she was signed as a model for the cosmetic giant’s diversity campaign. L’Oreal sacked her for these comments.
Perhaps more surprising after being sacked, Bergdorf exclaimed, “It puzzles me that my views are considered out of touch and extreme…it is horrible and awful to think that people hate me.”
One has to question why L’Oreal has chosen to use her services again? After all, on June 1 she said,
“You dropped me from a campaign in 2017 and threw me to the wolves for speaking out about racism and white supremacy. With no duty of care, without a second thought…I had to fend for myself being torn apart by the world’s press because YOU didn’t want to talk about racism. You do NOT get to do this. This is NOT okay, not even in the slightest.”
But fear not,
“While what happened three years ago was extremely traumatic for me personally and professionally, sitting on a board to provide a voice and a champion for black, trans and queer voices in the beauty industry is important for me…It feels good to finally have closure on this matter and I look forward to new beginnings with the L’Oreal team.”
FNF Media wonders what the response would be for any normal employee to sound off at their place of work and not face some sort of sanction? As Thomas Sowell said,
“Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today, some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered discrimination.“