Let’s start with, nothing at the Off-White site cost 50 dollars, except probably socks. Oh wait, they cost around $110, so maybe a sock. Let’s back up and first explore who Virgil is and why $50 as a donation is problematic.
Virgil Abloh is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection since March 2018 and is also the chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White. a fashion house he founded in 2013. In 2018, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Yeah so that’s Virgil Abloh for you. He is big and the black community comes hard for him. So his donation is seen as betrayal by some on Twitter.
Twitter Takes Revenge On Virgil Abloh For $50 donation
For those of you who still don’t understand why it is so problematic, take a look at this tweet (READ prices of his clothes).
So this makes this Tweet iconic.
So people took their revenge in the sweetest yet the most millennial way possible by, wait for it, editing his Wikipedia page.
Abloh posted on his Instagram Stories that he had donated $50 to protesters in need of bail money during the days-long upheaval across the country.
In Los Angeles, the RSVP Gallery, which sells his brand, was looted.
“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, along with a string of posts about the looting taking place at luxury shops like his. “If it heals your pain, you can have it,” he wrote.
But of course he donated after saying this.
Twitter is still angry and Virgil was already facing backlash for his tone deaf comments about looting and the Black Lives Matter movement.
There are a lot of other edits too that has the internet trolling Virgil.
And then this Tweet hits home.