Emmet McDermottThe Abercrombie & Fitch documentary, currently number 1 on Netflix, exposes Abercrombie & Fitch’s racist view of beauty, which it claims has been illegally applied to the company’s hiring and firing practices .
Emmet joined us Thursday on TMZ Live to discuss his docufilm, “White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch” … which features former employees revealing a toxic workplace that focused on beautiful, thin people and white like their vision of “All-American.”
We’re not just talking about models – Emmet says the company would phase out employees who looked “off-brand”. He says it plainly…if you weren’t handsome or white, you’re out.
The company even had a certain way of looking at its employees, eliminating things – certain hairstyles and jewelry – that it saw as being associated with other non-white cultures.
Clearly, A&F had crossed some legal boundaries when it came to racially-based hiring…and it worked hard to turn the tide.
The company’s current CEO, Francois Horowitz, issued a statement after the document was released, saying, “We are focused on inclusivity – and continuing this transformation is our enduring promise to you, our community. Always forward.”
While Horowitz defended the company, many users made their beliefs clear… calling the apology “too little, too late.”