Weekly Round Up With Lara Livingstone
Death Of The Beauty Disrupter
The sudden death last Sunday of Deciem founder #BrandonTruaxe sent a shocking thunderbolt through the beauty world.
Truaxe who in the last six months of hbacklash fell spectacularly from grace, due to his posting increasingly bizarre messages and videos on the company’s Instagram account resulting in a customer and worker backlash (quickly followed by mass sackings by Truaxe, to those he declared to be disloyal agitators) along with his firing then reinstatement of now acting CEO Nicola Culner; were obvious red flags to his increasingly desperate and troubled mental state.
His removal from Deciem via court action initiated by minority partner Estee Lauder (to protect both their financial investment and the brand) was no surprise to anyone or Truaxe’s subsequent hospitalisation to address his mental issues.
In the midst of the industry eulogies that have emerged since his death (which is being reported at this time as a suspected, but as yet unconfirmed ‘suicide’), has come a wave of hate from social media trolls who attacked him at the height of his obvious mania and now even in his death, feel that they have the right to still attack him.
The aftermath of any sudden death for the family and friends of the person who has died are bathed in shock, grief, what ifs and whys. For this to be added to by individuals without sensitivity, understanding and compassion is almost too much to bear.
Cake Is So 17th Century, Let Them Eat Bridge Loans
The amazing statement of #WilburRoss that furloughed workers who have gone without being paid for two month, due to the US government shutdown prompted by Donald Trump’s refusal to accept that money for his border wall would not be forthcoming.
The irony that billionaire Ross, speaking out while attending the elite annual economic forum in Davos, declared furloughed workers merely have to go to their local bank, explain their situation and hey presto the banks would instantly give them a loan to tide them over, allowing them to blindly comply with Trump’s futile efforts to secure funding for a wall that 60% of Americans say they don’t want.
While social media and TV networks worldwide condemned him, the President dived in to try and assist him by attempting to clarify his comment and suggesting that the furloughed workers should approach local businesses who would be only happy to #workalong with them.
What is abundantly clear to me and many others is that Wilbur Ross and like are callously detached and unbothered with the position of the majority of Americans, currently governed by the richest presidential cabinet in modern times; whose lives and prosperity are balanced on the tight rope known as living paycheck to paycheck.
While we all heaved a collective sigh of relief that Trump was forced yesterday to reopen the government, without securing a single cent for his beloved border wall, the shutdown has exposed the broken framework of American society and the deep division between the haves and the have nots.
What is needed is legislative reform in the workplace – greater protection for people at work, healthcare reform, increased wages and an overhaul of the outdated taxation system that Trump has manipulated to benefit both himself and his affluent minions.