Fat-Shaming Cartoons on Display at Lilly Pulitzer Offices
The offensive cartoons, reading "Fat, white and hideous," and "Put it down, carb face," were pinned on the wall of an employee's cubicle.
During a recent tour of Lilly Pulitzer's corporate offices in King of Prussia, Penn., The Cut captured all of the bright prints, palm trees and ping-pong-playing employees that one would expect to find in the land of Lilly — as well as two blatant fat-shaming cartoons pinned to the wall of an employee's cubicle.
Racked pointed out that two doodles — one of an overweight woman with the caption "Fat, white and hideous," and the other of a heavy woman in a bikini with captioned "Put it down, carb face" — were photographed on the wall of what looks to be an inspiration board. The Cut captioned the shot, "This image shows an employee's personal illustrations at her cubicle," but made no other comment regarding the cartoons.
Though we're guessing the cartoons are personal and intended to help employees overcome the temptation to reach for a second helping of macarons, their unfortunate capture in the photo tour doesn't bode well for the Lilly team — especially after they received backlash for only selling their plus-sized Target collaboration collection online.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News regarding the cartoons, Lilly Pulitzer spokesperson Jane Schoenborn said, "These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area. While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused."
3:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 26: Updated with statement from a Lilly Pulitzer spokesperson.