Garnier issues apology following threats of boycott
Social media users threatened to boycott the beauty giant following photos of Israeli military female personnel posing with "donated" Garnier products
Cosmetics giant Garnier has issued an apology after it came under fire following a Facebook post showing members of the Israeli army posing with packages of the company’s products was shared more than 22 thousand times, the International Business Times reported
“The hand-out of about 500 products was part of a local retailer initiative… managed strictly at local market level” Kari Kerr, Garnier's Corporate Communications Director, told the IBT.
“We are very sorry if anyone was offended,” Ms Kerr added .
The post has received almost three thousand comments mostly calling for the boycott of Garnier products.
Outrage over the post filtered to Twitter where users tweeted using the #BoycottGarnier hashtag.
Stand With Us, an Israel-advocacy group, uploaded the photos to their Facebook page stating they were “honored to be delivering these 'girly' care packages for our lovely female IDF fighters” and issued a “shout out to Garnier Israel for the amazing donation.”
“Today's delivery of care packages was stocked with thousands of products for our girls protecting Israel. They even received facial soaps and minerals, so they can still take care of themselves, even while defending the country” the post read.
Twitter users posted about their boycott of Garnier following the post.
To make amends for IDF care packages, Garnier should send care packages to Gaza for the civilians who have lost everything. #BoycottGarnier— Mas'ud Ahmed Khan (@masudcouk) August 8, 2014
Wonderful, I have to find a replacement to my shampoo of choice for more than 10 years, Elseves (Elvive / Elvital). #BoycottGarnier— Shakeeb Al-Jabri (@LeShaque) August 9, 2014
Chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which spearheads the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, welcomed Garnier's apology.
Hugh Lanning said he would be happy to discuss the news with the company, saying he welcomed “companies that are willing to accept corporate responsibility”.
Garnier added it did not support the initiative and it does not want its products used in any future campaigns.
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