Twitter users called out Victoria’s Secret for Pride tweet after brand head’s ‘insensitive’ comments on trans models

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June 8, 2019

“Here at PINK, we’re proud to celebrate our LGBTQ associates & customers that make an impact in their communities,” the tweet reads. “Inclusion makes us stronger and we’re committed to giving everyone a voice. “It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this?” Razek said. Many transgender people do not identify as transsexual and prefer the word transgender. We’ll be sharing Pride stories from associates, Campus Reps and PINK fans all month long!”
Twitter users were quick to point out that the tweet comes months after one of the “chief architects” of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Ed Razek apologized for “insensitive” remarks regarding the possibility of including trans models in the show. No. “We’ve had transgender models come to castings… And like many others, they didn’t make it… But it was never about gender. “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? #PINKPride — VSPINK (@VSPINK) June 7, 2019

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Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We went to see how traditional Italian olive oil is made In addition to our annual contributions to non-profit organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community, our company will be making an additional $100K donation in celebration of Pride Month! — herobrine is my wife (@VRlSREZl) June 7, 2019

I think y’all are forgetting something pic.twitter.com/Hyvbrq2Nz1 — Sam ✨ (@daddy_samfran) June 7, 2019

Change it back to pink. I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are.”
But half of a year later, Twitter users were quick to point to his quote in response to PINK’s Pride Month tweet:

Y’all remember when you said “a trans model couldn’t sell the fantasy” y’all remember that? Change your shit back to pink. “Inclusion makes us stronger and we’re committed to giving everyone a voice. In the interview with Vogue, Razek addressed calls to have a transgender model in the show. I️ do. We’ll be sharing Pride stories from associates, Campus Reps and PINK fans all month long!”
Despite the brand’s seemingly good intentions, Twitter users expressed outrage at the brand’s efforts. The Victoria’s Secret brand PINK is facing criticism on Twitter, following a tweet celebrating the LGBTQ community during Pride Month. — christian (@aVileBitch) June 7, 2019

pic.twitter.com/GNajL6XiSK — Mattea (@discojaxx) June 7, 2019

 
PINK posted another tweet on Friday saying that on top of “annual contributions to non-profit organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community” it would donate “an additional $100K donation in celebration of Pride Month.”

Happy #PrideMonth! Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. https://t.co/PU1Gw8FvFW — King 👑J🌙 (@Kingjbeauty) June 7, 2019

WHAT DO YALL THINK THE T STANDS FOR…………………….. No, I don’t think we should. The criticism stems from a November 2018 quote from Chief Marketing Officer of L Brands (Victoria’s Secret’s parent company) Ed Razek, described by Vogue as one of the “chief architects” of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. We don’t need y’all to support our community since we can’t sell “the fantasy”. If preferred, use as an adjective: transsexual woman or transsexual man.”)
Razek apologized in a statement shortly after the comments were published, saying, “My remark regarding the inclusion of trans models came across as insensitive.”
“To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show,” he continued. Because the show is a fantasy. It is best to ask which term a person prefers. The Victoria’s Secret brand PINK is facing criticism on Twitter, following a tweet celebrating the LGBTQ community during Pride Month. Well, why not? “Here at PINK, we’re proud to celebrate our LGBTQ associates & customers that make an impact in their communities,” the brand tweeted on June 4. We good. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is.”
(As GLAAD points out, “Unlike transgender, transsexual is not an umbrella term.

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