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There is a term coined, or at least made popular by, Elon Musk, known as the “woke mind virus”. It presents in many form. I suspect you can think of your favorite symptom, dear reader. An especially prevalent and annoying presentation of the virus is the epidemic of non-human colored hair. Pink, blue, purple, take your pick. Well, Victoria’s Secret seems to be the latest company to fall victim to the woke mind virus. Here is the full story.
It has just been reported by The Daily Wire that:
The Victoria’s Secret empire was built, in part, on the wings of Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, and Tyra Banks. But following a year in marketing purgatory, the famed Angels are officially no more.
After more than two decades, The New York Times reports the company is doing away with its heavenly super-model parade. In its place will be a new promotional campaign called the “VS Collective” that will feature “women famous for their achievements and not their proportions,” like the soccer star and gender equality advocate Megan Rapinoe.
The Daily Wire went on to report:
The Angel’s demise has been some time coming. In 2019, CEO Leslie Wexner announced the end of the Angels fashion show broadcast, saying, “Fashion is a business of change. We must evolve and change to grow. With that in mind, we have decided to rethink the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”
Along with Rapinoe, the Times says the company has hired a number of women it hopes will help it redefine what it means to be sexy, including, “Eileen Gu, a 17-year-old Chinese American freestyle skier and soon-to-be Olympian; the 29-year-old biracial model and inclusivity advocate Paloma Essler, who was the rare size 14 woman on the cover of Vogue; and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, a 38-year-old Indian actor and tech investor.”
Rapinoe told the newspaper that the company’s previous approach to selling lingerie was, “patriarchal, sexist, viewing not just what it meant to be sexy but what the clothes were trying to accomplish through a male lens and through what men desired. And it was very much marketed toward younger women.” She also called the message the Angels sent “really harmful.”
It was further reported by Newsweek:
Victoria’s Secret has been lambasted by conservative commentators for hiring soccer star and LGBTQ activist Megan Rapinoe as a brand ambassador.
In a departure for the lingerie company, Rapinoe has become one of the faces of its VS Collective, alongside other “accomplished women” including actress Priyanka Chopra and trans model Valentina Sampaio.
Newsweek went on to report that:
The announcement comes almost two years after Victoria’s Secret announced that it would no longer be appointing “Angels”—brand ambassadors who were often supermodels. The company also canceled its November 2019 fashion show, amid criticism that the annual event failed to represent women of varying sizes and backgrounds.
Megan Rapinoe may best be described as a professional victim. We actually reported back in July that famous comedian Bill Burr went off on Rapinoe and the Women’s Soccer team in one of his acts.
In his new Netflix special, ‘Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks’, Burr said of the USWNT Soccer team, “You’re playing in a 20,000-seat arena — 1,500 people show up. That’s not a good night! The promoter lost his f*cking ass on that gig.”
Burr further joked that “Look at the WNBA… nobody in the WNBA got COVID. Nobody. They have been playing in front of 300 to 400 people a night for a quarter of a century. Not to mention, it’s a male-subsidized league. We gave you a f*cking league and none of you showed up. Where are all the feminists?”