This makeup brand is taking a political stance, and it’s pretty controversial
The United States is currently anything but united. There are the Donald Trump supporters…and then the rest of the country that’s horrified by the current administration. But people in the U.S. aren’t the only ones taking a political stance against Trump. A British Beauty brand won’t sell products to Trump supporters, because it’s a completely anti-fascist company.
And their stance is completely controversial.
Makeup brand Illamasqua is taking a stance against Trump and his policies by pledging to “never knowingly” sell their products to Trump supporters. They’ve even asked their customers to take a pledge of “Human Fundamentalist” values.
"Illamasqua believe in the freedom of expression, equality and diversity," the company wrote in a statement on its website. "That’s why we are horrified by President Trump’s actions to date. We refuse to remain silent while extreme right-wing populism gains momentum… wherever it is happening."
These are the values they are asking their customers to uphold:
"Never discriminate against race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion; accept responsibility on challenging social and climate issues; speak for those who cannot speak up for themselves; uphold the principles of the S.O.P.H.I.E. charity to stamp out prejudice, intolerance and hatred."
While those may be good values, some people on Twitter feel like the company’s demands are fascist in their own right.
But others are fully supporting Illamasqua’s right to refuse to tolerate prejudice, sexism and racism.
Illamasqua knows that they won’t be able to stop people from buying their products, but it’s important to them to make their views known.
"We’re realistic," the company added on the website. "We know we can’t stop anyone buying our products. But we also know that no matter how hard some people work to make themselves beautiful on the outside, make-up can never hide the ugliness inside. So please, if you don’t agree with the above DON’T BUY US."
No matter whether you feel their stance is fair or not, we’re in interesting times when a beauty brand feels like it’s necessary to make this drastic of a political statement.