A transgender model who landed a cushy gig with cosmetics giant L’Oreal earlier this week has been sacked from her job over a controversial social media rant aimed toward white people and the alleged violence they commit against people of color on a daily basis.
Munroe Bergdorf is no longer associated with L’Oreal after the company caught wind of an intense Facebook post that equated the “racial violence of white people” with a slew of societal ills, the Daily Mail reported.
“Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people,” Bergdorf wrote. “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 back, 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 shit,” she continued. “Come see me when you realise 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.”
In a statement, L’Oreal acknowledged that while they support “diversity and tolerance towards all people irrespective of their race, background, gender and religion,” they could not endorse Bergdorf’s stance.
“We believe that the recent comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with those values, and as such we have taken the decision to end the partnership with her,” the company said in a statement. “L’Oreal remains committed to celebrating diversity and breaking down barriers in beauty.”
L’Oreal admitted that dropping Bergdorf would be “something of a PRD disaster,” but it also said that it could not “be seen to be endorsing any kind of racism or extremism.”
Bergdorf transitioned at the age of 18 and has since worked as a DJ and transgender activist. She believes that she will play a crucial role in transforming the shape of the beauty industry in both Great Britain and abroad.