The Standard Hotel in New York made it very clear in a statement released earlier this week that they were “shocked and disappointed that there was a clear breach of our security system” and that the hotel “will discipline and prosecute the individuals involved to our fullest capacity.”
Well, the Standard is a hotel of their word because the employee who leaked the video showing Solange viciously attacking Jay Z, has been fired. The hotel said on Wednesday that the person had been terminated for “breaching the security policies of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video.”
On Monday, surveillance video surfaced online of Jay Z and Beyonce’s sister, Solange getting into an altercation in the elevator. There was no audio, so it’s still not clear what the fight was over. According to reports, the seller eventually sold the video, which went viral, for a whopping $250,000, after “being shopped for five days to the highest bidder.”
Beyonce nor Jay Z’s camp has responded but based on some of the family’s actions this week, it seems as though things have ironed out. On Monday night, Beyonce and Jay Z sat courtside at the Brooklyn vs Heat game. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Beyonce posted several images of herself posing with Solange on her Instagram account.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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