Virgil Abloh speaks out after backlash over his Instagram comments
Virgil Abloh has been facing a lot of criticism over his recent comments on Instagram. The designer posted a lengthy explanation for social media comments he made yesterday.
The Louis Vuitton menswear collection designer, Off-White founder, and frequent Nike collaborator was called out by many for the comments he made on Sean Wotherspoon’s account, which showed a video of the aftermath of his looted store, Round Two.
Abloh wrote in the comments:
“You see the passion, blood, sweat and tears Sean puts in for our culture. This disgusts me. To the kids that ransacked his store and RSVP DTLA, and all our stores in our scene just know, that product staring at you in your home/apartment right now is tainted and a reminder of a person I hope you aren’t. We’re a part of a culture together. Is this what you want?? When you walk past him in the future please have the dignity to not look him in the eye, hang your head in shame … .”
This was take to be tone deaf and in complete contrast to many other designers, including Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, who sent messages of solidarity with the protesters. “Property can be replaced, human lives CANNOT,” wrote Jacobs.
Abloh in the aftermath of fierce criticism shared his thoughts on his personal Instagram page.
“I apologize that my comments yesterday appeared as if my main concerns are anything other than full solidarity with the movements against police violence, racism, and inequality,” he shared. “I want to update all systems that don’t address our current needs. It has been my personal MO in every realm I touch.”
Abloh also expanded on his $50 donation. “I can understand your frustration if you think my contributions were limited to $50,” he wrote. “Purely false when it comes to the total. I have donated $20,500 to bail funds and other causes related to this movement.”
Still, many on social media are not quick to forgive his actions, further calling out the lack of diversity on his design teams. “Virgil Abloh said when he applies for a job he fears he won’t get it. The artistic director of Louis Vuitton. With no black people on his teams,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I will no longer be supporting you nor your clothing,” wrote another.