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The Wall Street Journal: Estée Lauder executive suspended over personal Instagram post containing COVID joke and racial slur


Estée Lauder Cos.

has suspended a top executive following backlash over a post on his personal Instagram account that contained a racial slur and jokes about COVID-19.

The cosmetics company suspended John Demsey, who serves as executive group president and oversees a portfolio of brands including MAC and Clinique.

A meme posted in recent days to Demsey’s Instagram account

pictured a spoof book cover of the children’s TV show “Sesame Street.” The post no longer appears on Demsey’s account.

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