L’Oréal trans model fired after writing controversial Facebook post
Not long after making headlines by hiring transgender model, Munroe Bergdorf, L’Oréal fired her for what some are calling an inflammatory Facebook post.
After deleting the post, the Daily Mail released text from what they claim as her original posting.
“Because most of ya’ll don’t realize or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of color,” stated Bergdorf. “Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***.
"Come see me when you realize that racism isn't learned, it's inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.
"Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk.
"Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f***** at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears."
Following the posting and publication of the post, negative backlash followed as many claimed that Bergdorf’s post generalized white people as all being racist. After firing the model, L’Oréal wanted to ensure the public understood the reasoning behind its decision.
“L’Oréal supports diversity and tolerance towards all people irrespective of their race, background, gender and religion,” the brand told PEOPLE. The L’Oréal Paris True Match campaign is a representation of these values and we are proud of the diversity of the Ambassadors who represent this campaign.”
Munroe responded over social media clarifying that her quotes were published out of context and were a response to the Charlottesville white nationalist rally.
“When I stated that ‘all white people are racist’, I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy – designed to benefit, prioritize and protect white people before anyone of any other race. Unknowingly, white people are SOCIALISED to be racist from birth onwards. It is not something genetic. No one is born racist,” Munroe said.
After this response, Munroe addressed L’Oréal for their decision to fire her.
“If L'Oréal truly wants to offer empowerment to underrepresented women, then they need to acknowledge THE REASON why these women are underrepresented within the industry in the first place,” added Munroe.
“This reason is discrimination – an action which punches down from a place of social privilege. We need to talk about why women of color were and still are discriminated against within the industry, not just see them as a source of revenue.”
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