LuLaRoe, a multi-marketing women’s clothing company known for their ultra-soft and comfortable apparel, is facing a social media firestorm and extreme criticism after siding with a man who was seen mocking people with special needs during a live-streamed sale.
After the man published an remorseful video, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) stated that they were not willing to accept his apology and would end their relationship with the clothier if his contract wouldn’t be terminated.
LuLaRoe took the side of the man and accepted his apology, leaving thousands outraged and some who sold for the company leaving because of the news.
“This video is unacceptable and further perpetuates the stigmas we work to fight and end each and every day at NDSS,”the society wrote on their Facebook page.The full statement reads:
This week has been a hard week for special needs.
A very well known Lularoe consultant made a mockery of those with disabilities. And further made a mockery of those that stood up against his actions in his apology.
NDSS had named Lularoe as their guest of honor for their upcoming Gala. And knowing how poorly this could reflect on them. I sent them the videos. The backstory of Lularoe’s continued unfairness in regard to carrying out the contracts of consultants. The backstory of their mistreatment of a woman who was deaf and trying to shop. Deanne’s own words calling sensory kids “weird”
I sent them not to be a hero. Not to take down Lularoe. But to urge them to use their BIG VOICE. To urge them to DO BETTER. To put people before money.
NDSS urged Lularoe to do the right thing. To terminate is contract. To take a strong stand against such treatment.
And Lularoe failed in a huge way. Standing behind the consultants behavior over the lives of every single differently abled person. Standing behind one consultant over the reputations and sustainability of every single one of their other consultants. They stood behind him because he is a top money maker. If he had been a small consultant I have no doubt they would have let go with a quickness.
They have proven time and again if you make them money you are untouchable, your contract is safe in spite of your behavior.
TODAY I STAND and say this is not ok.