Earlier this week, model Munroe Bergdorf made history when she was announced as the first openly transgender woman to front a L’Oréal UK campaign.
The announcement received considerable press coverage, and L’Oréal was praised for the campaign, themed around diversity.
However, this week the Daily Mail published details of a Facebook post Bergdorf had written after August’s violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she apparently called for white people to “admit their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth”.
The post has since been deleted, but the Daily Mail claimed to have text from it:
“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***.
“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.
“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.”
Can't imagine you'll be a spokesperson much longer after your racist facebook rant.
— NYC (@reasonsIhatenyc) August 31, 2017
Following publication of the Daily Mail’s story, people on social media expressed their anger at what they believed was a L’Oréal model expressing “racist” views.
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