Story on Racism in OOH
We do not enjoy calling out our Industry but nevertheless that is what we do if needed. We like to believe we tell it like it is and that you support our right to share the truth and transparency.
Many times over the 2 years we have been ‘publishing’ OOH Today, we have roiled the Associations, the Big 3 Owners and I suspect, the Big 6 Agencies, though they are less apparent in their angst, on some of the issues we have discussed. (Like the lack of women in the C Suite. Times Up For OOH Too. )
Is silence support to the contrary?
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This post is about an ‘event’ which happened with an former employee, who was an apprentice with Colossal Media (the hand paint wall/mural company) in 2015.
In a nutshell, details in his Instagram account, a traumatic racist encounter with his ‘fellow employees’. The story involving being called the ‘N’ word and then told by management, “that’s just how these guys are”.
Problems at Colossal? Big ones.
The former employee shared his story via Instagram. There is much more than we’ve been able to place in this post.
Moving to Colossal Media’s response… deleted the former employee’s comments, made an apology, an offer to match employee donations to Black Lives Matter, removal of ‘the person managing our account’ and a town hall meeting for employees.
Is that enough?
We have been told Colossal has sent a statement to its Agency partners regarding the matter but we have yet to see it.
“We vote for the type of businesses and people we want in this business with our wallets and budgets” As mentioned by ‘Seats Thrown’ (the avatar identity in Cohoots).
OOH Today received very little response to our first post OOH And Racism Today.
OOH Industry, where do you stand? Of course you’re against this behavior.
Where are the OOH Industry’s statements and ACTIONS?
See the Colossal Instagram post here⇒ https://www.instagram.com/p/CBULKdtBiB7/ and below.
——and those affected by our past actions and recent inactions: I am sorry for how you’ve been treated and we should have handled things differently. What happened to you 5 years ago was unacceptable, —. Your experience is valid and your comment should not have been removed. For the pain thats been caused, I sincerely apologize. I’m trying to do better. We all are. Over the past few years Colossal has put new leadership in place and recommitted itself to listening and learning from the people who work so hard for us. In recent weeks, we’ve also committed to matching employee donations to Black Lives Matter and other organizations pursuing equality, civil rights, and justice for BIPOC. As a result of this exchange and recent events, we’ve removed the person managing our account and we’ve scheduled a town hall with our entire staff for 12noon tomorrow. This will help ensure a safe, respectful work environment for everyone. The way things transpired here are not reflective of the people at this company or the diversity that exists now and the diversity we are pushing for in the future. That said, thank you, —— and others for your part in helping me confront this moment and start to do better. If anyone wants to contact me directly, I welcome the opportunity to listen and learn more.