Beauty brand Mary Kay fired one of its most best selling Midwestern saleswomen after she tore down a Black Lives Matter sign.
Linda Bergerson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been selling Mary Kaye ever since she quit her teaching job in the ’80s to become a full time saleswoman.
She became one of its top sellers and over the years earned 19 of Mary Kay’s signature pink Cadillacs. It was one of those pink Caddy’s that ended up leading to big downfall.
She and her husband, Tom, were spotted earlier this month tearing down a Black Lives Matter sign in Grand Marais, Minnesota. The sign was on the private property of resort owner Andy DeLisi, who saw what was happening on his security camera and called the police.
When the cops arrived, the Bergersons told the officer they took down the sign to,
“Send a message.”
They were let off with just a warning. But after images of the Bergersons went viral, Linda was ID’d by her car.
Mary Kay issued a statement saying she’d been dropped by the company.
“The Golden Rule, respect, and making others feel important are founding values here at Mary Kay and are expected from every independent beauty consultant that represents our brand. After looking into this situation, we will be severing our relationship with this individual.“
Not exactly scathing, but she got fired, I guess. The company says Bergerson is no longer an independent contractor, but her profile remains active on its website.
City Pages, the local media outlet that first broke the story, says,
“This extremely preschool teacher-y statement doesn’t quite condone (or even acknowledge) the more problematic aspects of needing to take down a Black Lives Matter sign. So… good on Mary Kay for doing the absolute bare minimum of ass-covering?”
We love Mary Kay’s lip shade Powerful Pink… like Black Lives Matter signs, it lasts ALL DAY and sends a strong message.