Virgil Abloh, the founder and CEO of the premium brand ‘Off-White’ and artistic director of menswear line at Louis Vuitton, had a very interesting way of expressing his support to the Black Lives Matter movement and social media users are not here for it.
Since protests ignited by George Floyd’s death broke, many protesters who support the Black Lives Matter movement have been arrested for ‘looting’ and ‘violence’. Several celebrities have offered to pay for the legal expenses and release of the protesters who have been taken into custody.
While celebrities like Chrissy Teigen have already pledged $200,000 to help out the imprisoned protesters, Abloh revealed through his Instagram story that he had donated “$50” to protesters in need of bail money.
“The Miami community ~ I’m crazy inspired. For kids in the streets that need a bail funds [sic] for George Floyd protests,” he wrote in the Story.
In the backdrop of protests, Abloh took to his Instagram to rant about ‘streetwear culture’ and slammed the protesters for ransacking Sean Wotherspoon’s store.
In Los Angeles, the RSVP Gallery, which sells his ‘Off-White’ brand, was looted.
Reacting to the news, he said that the ones who have looted the merchandise should be ashamed of their actions.
“If it heals your pain, you can have it,” he wrote.
Twitter erupted with anger over Abloh’s modest contribution — some even briefly changed his Wikipedia page to read Virgil “Cheap Ass” Abloh and Virgil “50$” Abloh.
I should be sleep, but I’m up thinking about how Virgil Abloh donated $50 and then told people
— Brittany Luse (@bmluse) June 1, 2020