Virgil Abloh has issued a lengthy apology after facing the wrath of social media users following comments he made about looting.
The head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear was forced to backtrack after initially labelling those responsible for ransacking Sean Wotherspoon’s Vintage by Round Two and Round Two Los Angeles shops as “disgusting”, in the midst of the riots raging across the U.S. in response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on 25 May.
Taking to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, which boast nearly six million followers between them, he began his apology note stating: “I am a black man. A dark black man. Like dark-dark. On an average trip to the grocery store in Chicago I fear I will die.”
Further down, Abloh clarified his stance on the looting: “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. I want to update all systems that don’t address our current needs. It has been my personal MO (modus operandi) in every realm I touch.
“Yesterday I spoke about how my stores and stores of friends were looted. I apologize that it seemed like my concern for those stores outweighed my concern for our right to protest injustice and express our anger and rage in this moment.”
Looters and vandals have broken into stores across America, stealing and setting fire to buildings, with big cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. the hardest hit.
Black Lives Matter protestors have distanced themselves from the destruction, condemning those who’ve plunged their quest for justice for Floyd into violence.
Off-White founder Abloh also revealed he had donated “$20,500 to bail funds and other causes related to the movement”, after many assumed he had only given $50 from his original post.
“I also joined a social media chain of friends who were matching $50 donations. I apologize that appeared to some as if that was my only donation to these important causes,” he stated.
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