- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

High-end fashion retailer Lilly Pulitzer has disavowed an employee’s insensitive “fat-shaming” cartoons after photos of her office display at the company’s headquarters went viral.

New York magazine gave a photo tour of Lilly Pulitzer’s offices in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania — with one photo in the collection drawing ire from online feminists.

An employee had put up cartoons in her workspace that denigrated fat people. One was a drawing of an overweight woman with the caption: “Just another day of fat, white, and hideous. You should probably just kill yourself.”

The other read, “Put it down carb face.”

The cartoons were captured in one of the 27 photos posted by New York magazine. The backlash against Lilly Pulitzer was swift, with critics accusing the Palm Beach-inspired retailer of fostering an environment of hate and intolerance. Some even threatened a boycott.

Company spokeswoman Jane Schoenborn explained in a statement that the illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area.

“While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused,” she said.

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