Thursday, July 22, 2010

One more thing about Rodarte/MAC

I will say one more thing about MAC/Rodarte issue. (I hope) Both companies issued statements "apologizing" earlier this week. I copied them from Mizz Wothy's Blog HERE

MAC Statement:
We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns:
  • We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.
  • We are changing the product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection.

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.

Rodarte Statement:
We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.
Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.
That's nice and all, but I think it is too little too late. I hate to do that because an apology should be gracefully accepted, but I feel as tho both companies are apologizing because they "got caught" rather than they actually feel bad about the Juarez situation. More important, I find it distasteful that the Sisters at Rodarte imply that they have always cared about the situation in Juarez by saying that "Helping to improve the situation in Juarez is a priority for us..." That wasn't very evident when they exploited the killings and rapes by sending black eyed, corpse like models down the runway in rags earlier this year...but who am I to judge right? Perhaps they have made donations in private. I mean that is how donating should be. You shouldn't blow your own horn for helping charities. But as much as I would like to, I have a hard time giving these sisters at Rodarte the benefit of the doubt.

*sigh* this whole thing is so troubling to me. Honestly, I had no idea the level of violence going on until I started my own research into it this week. I too, like many were slightly aware of the problems but ignorant on the facts. In a way I am thankful to all the bloggers that called it to my attention. I'm also thankful to
Liloo (Tsunimee on twitter) for keeping track of all the blogs that wrote about the article. She deserves a huge pat on the back for that Herculean effort. You can see her efforts HERE

I will say that MAC really screwed the pooch on this one....but I can't entirely blame MAC. Rodarte has a lot to do with this problem. Typically when MAC teams up with a Fashion House/Designer (Ungaro, Heatherette, McQueen etc.) the Designer is usually given almost free reign. The Rodarte sisters went a little off the reservation on this one and came up with the names and shades. Unfortunately for MAC, they didn't realize it would be a problem until it was too late...which is their fault because it takes almost 18 months to get a collection finished. MAC backpedaled by announcing they would donate a "portion" of the proceeds to Charity. $100,000 is apparently that "portion" which many think is too little. I'm not here to argue financial details. In the future, I hope MAC gets more involved with the creative process so something like this doesn't happen again.

If you are interested in signing a petition to urge MAC Cosmetics to donate more...or if you are interested in donating your own money to a charity to help the woman of Juarez, please see the following post from Healing Beauty HERE!


  1. I have mixed feelings with the apology. You're right - it does kind of seem like they're sorry they got caught, but at least they're doing something about it. They really should've done their homework/research *before* they went and did all they've done. MAC doesn't have to donate money, but they're choosing too, which seems good to me. And I'm glad they're changing the names, but that's kinda like sweeping a broken vase under the rug. Rodarte, to me, doesn't seem quite as remorseful. They went a long way to defend their choices as you pointed out in one of your previous posts. Either way, it is not a good situation. Living in Albuquerque, we hear about these senseless killings pretty frequently and it's horrible. I could go on and on about that, but that's not what this post is about. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  2. I don't think throwing money at the situation is a good idea. We need real law enforcement in Juarez. I'm also never buying anything made in mexico again, that I way I can be sure no one is profiting off that situation from me

  3. "I feel as tho both companies are apologizing because they "got caught" rather than they actually feel bad about the Juarez situation." ~ This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter. They're not truly sorry. they're truly sorry they got caught.

  4. I think there is one good thing to come out of all of this and that is awareness. I had no idea about the atrocities in Juarez before and now I know and I'm really angry. I will be donating too.

  5. I have a hard time with this one. I get that many people are ticked off at them for this, but didn't know about it until they themselves did some research. I guess it just annoys me to see the holier than thou from many people who were as ignorant as the company. At least they (the company) apologized and gave up some money for that cause... what else do they want them to do?

  6. Honestly, I know a little about the awful things that happen to the girls down there (I watched a documentary on TV about it a few years ago) and if I were an exec with MAC those product names would have made it by me. It just wouldn't have occurred to me from an artistic standpoint. Not only did they apologize but they changed the product names. I'd say that's fairly sincere

  7. This whole situation just has me so disgusted on so many levels. The lack of understanding of the situation down there and the total lack of comprehension as to how this collection would be perceived absolutely stuns me. How MAC could spend so much time collaborating on a collection that was obviously going to be such a powder keg without once questioning the advisability (or the morality) of it is reprehensible and inexcusable. I can understand giving a designer "free reign," but for heaven's sake, pay attention to the campaign you are collaborating on! At some point during the creative process, MAC had to have been involved and had to have endorsed the concepts involved. They have no excuse, not even ignorance, unless they are truly incompetent over there.

    I had planned to review several MAC products on my blog and have decided to pull all posts. I won't be purchasing from them again and plan to find a way to contribute funds to this cause. Thank you for doing so much research on all of this and opening my eyes to the situation down on the's definitely a case of "once you know something, you can't turn back."

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