ESTEE Lauder CEO John Demsey has reportedly been suspended after outrage erupted over a racial slur in an Instagram post uploaded to his profile.
The photo appears to show a fake book cover of the children’s show Sesame Street with text that includes racial slurs, including the letter N.
The text is also said to include Covid and shows the Big Bird character with an edited face mask.
Image has been deleted.
Demsey has more than 73,000 followers on Instagram and has published more than 50,000 posts.
It’s unclear how long the makeup giant will be suspended, and who will take over his duties in his absence.
Demsey is the group president that operates and oversees multiple brands including MAC and Clinique.
He has worked with Estee Lauder since 2006 and with MAC since 1998, according to his LinkedIn.
The US newspaper The Sun has reached out to Estee Lauder for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
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