The Pink Palace is home to a sea of '60s shifts, preppy prints, the Lilly Pulitzer clothing company and apparently, a couple of fat-shaming cartoons.
Last week, New York Magazine did a photo series on what's going on inside Lilly HQ, following a particularly successful month for the brand because of its sold-out Target collaboration. Sandwiched in between an employee headshot and a pic of a macaroon-laden table were two illustrations: one bearing the words, "Just another day of fat, white, and hideous...You should probably just kill yourself..." and another that read, "Put it down carb face."
Though Lilly Pulitzer is granting no interviews, Vice President of Creative Communications Jane Schoenborn released this statement: "These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area. While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused."
Meanwhile, take heart in knowing that efforts are being made to fight the good fight against fat shaming.
Retired reality star and current lifestyle blogger Lauren Conrad wrote a blog post Monday announcing the banning of body-shaming words like "skinny," "thin" and "slim" on her eponymous site. And let's not forget a few weeks back when Dancing Man was fat shamed, only to have Dance Free Movement organize a gigantic dance party in his honor that also raised money for anti-bullying charities. Now, a petition on Change.org is even calling for the inclusion of "physical appearance" as an official category protected against hate speech and bullying in Facebook's community guidelines.
If you'd like to learn more about the effect fat shaming can have on others, please check out the essay written by Amy Salloway on the subject.