— Thandie Newton OBE (@thandienewton) January 4, 2016
Thandie Newton recently visited a London Starbucks and discovered more than just a couple of brand spankin’ new Latte Macchiatos. The British-born Actress posted a photo on Twitter of a display statue by the register of a black child wearing a loin cloth and a safari hat while carrying coffee beans.
“Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter – Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child,” she Tweeted to her followers. “Happy New Year circa 19th century.”
The coffeehouse chain responded on their Twitter Help account later that day.
@thandienewton we are very concerned to learn of this incident & we can’t apologise enough. We have removed the figure & are investigating.
— Starbucks Care (@StarbucksCare) January 5, 2016
In a statement provided to ET, a company spokesperson had this to say:
“Serving as a welcoming place for everyone is core to who we are as a company. As we became aware of the offense, we immediately removed the figure from our store. We aim to provide an inclusive environment for all customers and communities in which we serve, and we are working with our partners (employees) to avoid similar incidents from happening in the future. We apologize for the offense caused.”)
Not sure why Starbucks thought this was a fitting method of displaying coffee beans. Do you agree with Thandie?