Another motivation Monday for your notes.
Over the weekend, social media influencer and entertainer Yes Julz tweeted out a tee shirt with the N-word written on it and gets dragged on the internet. Even though she deleted the tweet shortly after posting, she was still fired from two gigs.
How about we not support derogatory clothing, mmK?
The influencer’s tweet was not only screenshot by her own massive amounts of haters online, her clients were made aware of it almost immediately. The shady sub-tweet totally backfired.
The lines of professionality and comedy on social media are becoming nonexistent in a world where everyone is watching each other.
Can I get fired over a tweet? Yes, duh.
Needless to the say, the influencer took to Snapchat to give an apology, but her following wasn’t buying it. She cried for three snapchats in a row. Then a few hours later, said she wasn’t going to be sad anymore because she had better things to be happy about.
You can get fired over a tweet, just like you can get bullied, heartbroken and hired on Twitter. The fact of the matter is though, designers need to stop making clothing, footwear and accessories that are clearly offensive and controversial. It wasn’t that Yes Julz tweeted out the tee shirt, it was the fact that she thought it was cute to showcase that kind of ignorance.
This is no different from when Dolce & Gabbana thought it was cute to name their product “Slave Sandals.” And they too were dragged on the internet.
Many influencers and celebrities have a platform to do good, but they also have the freedom to do what they want with it. There’s a thing called CULTURAL COMPETENCY. In 7th grade, I, too, thought it was cute to wear a tee shirt with “hey bitch!” on it. As I quickly learned, the tee shirt and myself were too rude for the general public. So I trashed it and never wore it again.
Save yourself a headache and some cash, and don’t wear derogatory clothing in public.