Chingy Reacts to Racist Meme Shared by Exec From Estée Lauder That Referenced Him and Sesame Street
John Demsey, a senior executive at Estée Lauder, was forced to leave the company on Monday after sharing a Chingy-themed meme with a racial slur, the MC himself said he is "not even concerned."
On Instagram, Demsey apologized for making "the terrible mistake of carelessly re-posting a racist meme without reading it beforehand." Chingy responded that he "didn't take it that way at all."
“Matter fact I can tell you wurr jus trying to be hip like the kids today an it jus came out the wrong way,” Chingy wrote, per HipHopDX. “I didn’t see it as being a racial slurr either my brother. I love you guys products always have and I hope you keep yurr job my man.”
He followed up with a video answer to his name trending, in which he reiterated that the meme, which used Sesame Street characters as references to COVID-19, didn't bother him. In spite of "everybody gossiping" about the meme and Demsey stepping down, he spent some quality time with his daughter.
“I just got off a military tour and now guess what I’m doing. I’m hanging out with my daughter while everybody around the world has my name in they mouth,” Chingy said. “I wanna say peace and love to John Demsey. Peace and love to that brother. I didn’t take it no certain type of way.”
While Chingy himself had other concerns, Estée Lauder released a statement shortly after the meme was posted, writing that it does not “reflect the values of The Estée Lauder Companies.”
“This decision is the result of his recent Instagram posts, which do not reflect the values of The Estée Lauder Companies, have caused widespread offense, are damaging to our efforts to drive inclusivity both inside and outside our walls, and do not reflect the judgment we expect of our leaders,” the statement said.
“Our employees, and especially our senior leaders, are accountable to continue driving our progress and to respect the values of this company for the long term.”