Lululemon Issues Apology for Offensive COVID-19 T-Shirt

Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2020) – Lululemon has issued an apology over a T-shirt related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The shirt was printed with images of bat-winged chopsticks and a takeout box with the word “No Thank You.”

Reports indicate the shirt was shared in a link on Instagram on the page of  Lululemon’s art director Trevor Fleming.  The post, which included the caption “Where did COVID-19 come from,” instantly drew a firestorm of criticism with many saying the shirt is both racist and offensive.  The link and post have since been taken down.

Lululemon reportedly has issued an apology saying “the image and the post were inappropriate and inexcusable and we do not tolerate this behavior.” Lululemon said that the t-shirt was not one of their designs and that the employee had now left the company.