Estée Lauder fires senior exec for racist meme on Instagram
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Estée Lauder, one of the world’s largest cosmetic companies, announced they have fired senior executive John Demsey after he posted a racially insensitive meme on his Instagram account.

Demsey served as the company’s executive group president. He was with the company for more than three decades.

In a statement posted to their website Monday, the cosmetics company said that Demsey’s firing was a result of his “recent Instagram posts, which do not reflect the values of the Estée Lauder Companies” — saying his posts caused “widespread offense.”

Estée Lauder isn’t playing around

Over the weekend, Demsey posted an apology to Instagram where he claimed he “made the horrible mistake of carelessly reposting a racist meme without reading it beforehand.”

The meme Demsey claims to not have read has 11 words on it. It cost him his $10 million salary at Estée Lauder.

Mike Creef is a fighter for equality and justice for all. Growing up bi-racial (Jamaican-American) on the east coast allowed him to experience many different cultures and beliefs that helped give him a...