Estee Lauder exec John Demsey suspended over racial slur on Instagram

A top executive at cosmetics giant Estee Lauder has been suspended by the company over a post on his Instagram account that included mention of the N-word.

John Demsey, the executive group president who is responsible for brand names in the company’s portfolio including MAC and Clinique, was disciplined for the post, which also included a joke about COVID-19, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The now-deleted post was a meme which showed a mock-up of a book cover featuring Sesame Street star Big Bird with a photoshopped mask.

Demsey’s Instagram account has over 73,000 followers. The company did not comment on the length and scope of his suspension.

The divorced father of a teenage boy has been known to frequent the New York City party circuit with high-powered celebrities.

Demsey graduated from both Stanford University and New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked in the cosmetics industry since the 1990s.

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Demsey deleted the post, which also included a joke about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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He rose to become president of MAC Cosmetics in 1998 until 2006, when he was named global president for Estee Lauder.

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