Posted on March 1, 2022

Estee Lauder Executive Forced Out Over Racist Instagram Post

Olafimihan Oshin, The Hill, February 28, 2022

Makeup company Estee Lauder has fired a senior executive over an Instagram post that contained the n-word.

In a statement on Monday, Estee Lauder confirmed the firing of senior executive John Demsey, who served as the Executive Group President.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Demsey posted a spoof book cover of the children’s TV show “Sesame Street” which contained the “n-word” with some letters replaced with asterisks. The post has since been deleted.

Estee Lauder said Demsey’s remarks “do not reflect the values” of the company.

“Inclusion, diversity and equity are core to our company’s values and priorities globally. Furthermore, over the past two years, we have worked together as an organization to advance our approach to racial equity and have taken a hard look at where we can and should do better. Together we are making progress against our commitments to our employees, our partners, and consumers,” Estee Lauder said in a statement.