Lululemon founder Chip Wilson issued an apology late last week for comments he made during a Tuesday interview on Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart,” in which he implied that not all women’s bodies are built for his brand's yoga pants.
In a video published Friday on the company’s YouTube account, Wilson took responsibility for the comments and described himself as “really sad.”
“I’m sad for the people at Lululemon who I care so much about, that have really had to face the brunt of my actions,” he said. "I take responsibility for all that has occurred and the impact it has had on you. I’m sorry to have put you all through this.” (You can find a full transcript of the apology at the bottom of this post.)
The company posted the apology to its Facebook page:
Wilson’s apology came just days after he told Bloomberg TV's Trish Regan that “some women's bodies just don't actually work” for yoga pants. The comments led his wife and fellow Lululemon co-founder, Shannon, to shoot him what can only be described as a death glare:
In recent weeks Lululemon has faced a series of new complaints that its $100 yoga pants are see-through and fall apart too easily. The recent controversy comes only months after the company recalled its too-sheer pants, which led to a shareholder lawsuit.
Insiders also told The Huffington Post earlier this year that at least some Lululemon locations shun plus-size shoppers by stashing larger clothing in the back and smaller sizes up front in stores.
Here is a transcript of Wilson’s entire apology:
“Hello, I’m Chip Wilson. I’m founder of Lululemon athletica. I’d like to talk to you today about the last few days of media that’s occurred around the Bloomberg interview. I’m sad. I’m really sad. I’m sad for the repercussions of my actions. I’m sad for the people at Lululemon who I care so much about, that have really had to face the brunt of my actions. I take responsibility for all that has occurred and the impact it has had on you. I’m sorry to have put you all through this... For all of you that have made Lululemon what it is today, I ask you to stay in a conversation that is above the fray. I ask you to prove that the culture that you have built cannot be chipped away [Editor’s note: Is this a horrible pun?]. Thank you.”
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