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L’Oréal Says You’re "Worth It" So Long as You’re White

June 26th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

L’Oréal, the world’s largest beauty and cosmetic company, was found guilty of racial discrimination in France’s highest court this week for seeking to hire an all-white sales team to represent its Garnier Fructis Style line of hair care products.

Garnier Fuckthis Style

The London Times reported that L’Oréal gave verbal instructions to the recruitment agency it employed to hire people who were BBR–“bleu, blanc, rouge”–the colors of the French flag, which is “widely recognised in the French recruitment world as a code for white French people born to white French parents.”

Although 38.7 percent of the pool of candidates were either black, Arab, or Asian, only 4.65 percent of the Garnier hires were non-white.

Because “you’re worth it”–as L’Oréal’s famous ad slogan goes–so long as you’re not brown.

In 2008, it was widely speculated that L’Oréal had lightened Beyonce’s hair and skin in one of their ads


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A Cautionary Tail

June 4th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Brigitte Bardot: No Prayer Hands for Muslims

A friend of mine who works as a public defender in New York once told me that he doesn’t like putting animal lovers on juries because they tend to love animals more than they do people. Universally true or not, this could certainly be said for French animal-rights wacktivist Brigitte Bardot, who was convicted yesterday of inciting racial hatred in a 2006 letter to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, in which she complained that Muslims were “destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts.” The letter was later published in her foundation’s journal.

Bardot was fined for the offense, which is her FIFTH CONVICTION for inciting racial hatred. Her lawyer said after the conviction that Bardot “has the impression that people want to silence her,” but he could not confirm whether or not it was all that hateration that has made his client’s face–once the “Face of France”–resemble a stale, puckered, marshmallowy abortion.


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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Maria Sharapova’s Crotch, Continued

June 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Dispiriting news for DISGRASIAN and women’s tennis fans the world over: Maria Sharapova’s crotch was eliminated today from the French Open–the only Grand Slam it hasn’t won–by fellow Russian Dinara Safina (Hot Marat Safin’s little sis). Maria Sharapova’s crotch had match point in the second set, but then things got a little, uh, slippery, and Safina rallied to win it. Late in the third, as the match started to swing in its opponent’s favor, Maria Sharapova’s crotch reportedly started making a lot of noise and, according to the AP, that “seemed to annoy fans. They whistled and booed Sharapova as she left Court Suzanne Lenglen after the match.”

Boo Maria Sharapova’s crotch? Mon dieu!

(No idea why we’re fixated on Maria Sharapova’s crotch? Click here.)


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