Lilly Pulitzer Caught With Fat-Shaming Cartoons at Its Headquarters: Is That Such a Big Deal?

Lilly Pulitzer was in the news on Tuesday, May 26, and it wasn't for a fun new affordable line at Target. New York Magazine's The Cut featured some photos along with an article titled, "Inside Lilly Pulitzer's Pink-and-Green Headquarters."

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The problem is that the featured some fat-shaming cartoons on what appeared to be the door of the break room fridge.

Whoops! In case you need some help deciphering them, one of the pictures is of an overweight woman, with the caption, "Just another day of fat, white, and hideous ... You should probably just go kill yourself," and the other is a bikini-clad woman with a saggy stomach, saying, "Put it down carb face."

Yeah, that's pretty awful company culture right there ... except it's not. It turns out that the photo wasn't taken in a communal area, but in one employee's cubicle. A spokesperson for Lilly Pulitzer issued a statement saying, "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."

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While some may argue that it's wrong to self-shame like this, who's to say this isn't motivational to the owner of the work space? One person's dark sense of humor might be another person's downward spiral, which is why there are a zillion weight loss and fitness plans out there. Some people practice tough love on themselves, but it doesn't mean they judge anyone else. It's just where they are in their own head space.

So what if someone is able to resist the temptation for a second helping of cake by reminding themselves how yucky they feel when they don't eat right? Sure, these images are a bit dramatic, but are we really surprised that there's at least one dramatic personality that works in fashion?

It was someone's personal choice to display these cartoons in their private work space. Why is that a problem?

Do you think these cartoons are offensive?

 

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