Lululemon Chairman Who Likes to Say Offensive Things to Step Down for Some Reason
Lululemon announced today that its founder and chairman Chip Wilson will be stepping down in the wake of the controversy stemming from a television interview last month in which he remarked that the brand’s yoga pants “just don’t actually work” for some women’s bodies (some=fat).
Buried sorta deep in the Reuters story about the news is the nugget that the Lululemon name actually originated from Wilson’s insensitivity:
Wilson has said he chose the name “Lululemon” because the L sound is not in the Japanese language. “It’s funny to watch them try to say it,” he said in a 2004 profile in the National Post Business magazine.
Who would have thought the guy who convinced everyone it’s ok to wear pajamas in public would be so spectacularly unpleasant?