Thanks To The Weeknd, H&M Has Hired A Diversity Leader After Racist Scandal
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After nearly two weeks of celebrities stepping up, public outrage and the company undergoing massive scrutiny, it looks like a resolution has finally been found for the once-was clothing giant... at least for now.
Whether it be thanks to celebrities like: The Weeknd, Diddy, and Lebron James, because of thousands on social media wanting to boycott the company, or simply because they've realized they made a massive mistake, H&M has gone ahead and decided to hire a "diversity leader".
The Stockholm-based retailer repeated that the entire incident was unintentional; that if anything it "demonstrates so clearly how big [their] responsibility is as a global brand."
The scandal, most recently, has seen tensions boil near retailers in South Africa. Protesters raided stores over the weekend, ending with police using force to clear the crowds outside a store in Boksburg, South Africa. Stores in Johannesburg were trashed: mannequins knocked over, displays wrecked, and clothing rails and shelves being pushed over.
For the safety of employees and the public, stores in South Africa have been temporarily closed. H&M has announced that the stores will be re-opened when the situation is re-assessed at a later date. For now, the hiring of a global diversity leader looks to be some light at the end of a dark tunnel.