Topshop ‘removes’ feminist promotion for book by Richard Curtis’ daughter… just 20 minutes after assembling it leaving ‘heartbroken’ author to lament ‘the patriarchy is still alive and kicking’
- The display was a promotion for Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies)
- It was assembled in Topshop on Oxford Street but allegedly hastily taken down
- Publisher of the feminist collaboration Penguin Books tweeted about the snub
- A Topshop spokesperson said it was a creative decision and in no way reflects the company’s standpoint on feminism
Topshop has been accused of dismantling a feminist display from the front of its flagship store just 20 minutes after it was set up.
The display was a promotion for Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies), a new book written by Scarlett Curtis, screenwriter Richard Curtis’ daughter.
But moments after the stall was assembled at the Oxford Street store in London it was allegedly hastily packed up by Topshop staff.
Penguin Books tweeted about the snub, saying: ‘For anyone hoping to visit the pop-up, after a huge amount of work on this groundbreaking partnership we assembled our stand this morning and were raring to go – however, just 20 minutes later it had been dismantled by Topshop.’
Topshop has been accused of dismantling a feminist display (pictured) from the front of its flagship store on Oxford Street just 20 minutes after it was set up
The pop-up was set to raise money and awareness for UN charity Girl Up, which the book was written in partnership with.
Following the allegations Topshop have since announced that the decision to take down the display was a creative one, and the company will be donating £25,000 to Girl Up.
Naomi Colthurst, a commissioning editor at Penguin Random House Children’s, slammed the decision on Twitter, describing it as ‘total b******ttery.’
The display was a promotion for Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies), a new book written by Scarlett Curtis, screenwriter Richard Curtis’ daughter
She raged: ‘A fairly extraordinary day in the office yesterday when @Topshop decided ‘for some reason’ they didn’t want to host our £FeministsDontWearPink pop-up after all.
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‘Proof if proof were needed about how much work is still needed to make feminism accessible for everyone.’
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies), which was released this week, features essays by actresses including Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan and Jodie Whittaker.
The 23-year-old author said that she could not comment on the issue, but wrote on social media ‘I am heartbroken and the patriarchy is still alive and kicking’
The 23-year-old author said that she could not comment on the issue, but wrote on social media ‘I am heartbroken and the patriarchy is still alive and kicking.’
Penguin Books said it is now looking for another location to hold the event very soon.
In a series of tweets, the publishing house posted: ‘We’re working on finding another place to host our pop-up and the amazing products that support Girl Up.
‘This book aims to prove that the word ‘feminist’ is accessible to everyone. Today’s events suggest there is still some work to do.’
A Topshop spokesperson said: ‘Yesterday we made the decision from a production and creative standpoint to retract the Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies pop-up from one of our stores.
‘We are sorry – this in no way reflects our stance on feminism and we will be making a donation of £25,000 to Girl Up. We continue to fully support the sentiment of the book, Scarlett Curtis, feminism and equality.’
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