Ed Razek, Victoria’s Secret’s Chief Marketing Officer, sparked an uproar on social media when he stated in a recent interview that Victoria’s Secret focuses on a specific target audience, and doesn’t include models in its show that would not appeal to them.
When addressing the question of why Victoria’s Secret entertainment show doesn’t include models of diverse sizes and backgrounds, Mr. Razek noted that Victoria’s Secret’s audience wasn’t interested in viewing plus size or transsexual models. He noted that the enormously popular show, which is viewed by over one billion people in nearly two hundred countries, is a one of a kind entertainment special that is meant to glamorize a fantasy image of women and that, if Victoria’s Secret were to include different types of models in the show, the show would not be as popular as it currently is.
Activists were furious for a number of reasons. First of all, Mr. Razek had dared to use the term “transsexual” instead of the more commonly utilized term “transgender”. Transgender activists across the nation were furious that such a politically incorrect term was utilized to describe those who don’t want to view themselves as “cis-gender.” Second, the fact that Victoria’s Secret doesn’t want to have men dressed up as women parading on its show was apparently too much for many progressives to handle.
Some claimed that transgender models were the fantasy for many people, and that it is transphobic of Victoria’s Secret to exclude them. Others encouraged like-minded individuals to shop at lingerie outlets that support a progressive agenda. Left-leaning news outlets settled for denigrating Mr. Razek for his point of view. Mic.com compared him to President Donald Trump, while Jezebel said he was out of touch and even used foul language to describe him. A few took issue with Mr. Razek for refusing to include plus size models when other large, well-known brand names are happy to feature them. However, most of the ire was focused on the exclusion of transgender individuals from the show.
The end result of the hoopla was pretty predictable. Ed Razek issued an apology, stating that he was sorry his remarks came across as insensitive. He noted that transgender models have taken part in Victoria’s Secret show castings in the past, and while they didn’t make it to the show the reason they were not given a spot had nothing to do with gender identity.
In an email statement sent to various companies, Mr. Razek stated that he hoped a transgender model would one day win a spot on the show; however, he was careful not to promise such a spot. What is more, it is clear that he is not entirely repentant as he later pointed out that the complaints against his comments were personal in nature, highlighting the hurt feelings of those who hold to a progressive agenda rather than presenting genuine, business-based reasons why Victoria’s Secret should include transgender and plus-size models on its show.
Transgender individuals make up a minuscule portion of the population, but seem to feel that everyone else should go out of their way to accommodate their feelings and preferences. Victoria’s Secret, like any other large, sensible company, is a profit-driven enterprise that is going to focus on providing what its target audience wants to see, and the overwhelming majority of Victoria’s Secret’s viewers want to see fit, cis-gender women walking the runway in scanty lingerie.
There are plenty of other large companies that cater to plus-size and transgender women and individuals from these groups who want to work in modeling should have no problem finding work from such employers. Unfortunately, progressive activists don’t see things in such a clear-cut manner, and continue insisting that those who do not embrace their point of view are intolerant or worse. Given this fact, it is not surprising that the transgender agenda remains deeply unpopular as regular people resent being forced to give up privacy and even their own personal safety in order to please transgender individuals and their supporters.
~ Conservative Zone