Actress Thandie Newton slammed coffee giant Starbucks this week over a figurine she saw in one of their stores.
The figure, which Newtown posted on Twitter, is of a black figure in a loin cloth and safari hat holding coffee beans.
“Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter – Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century,” the actress wrote on Twitter.
— Thandie Newton (@thandienewton) January 4, 2016
Starbucks’ customer service account was quick to apologize. The company says the statue has been removed.
“We are very concerned to learn of this incident & we can’t apologise enough. We have removed the figure & are investigating,” the company tweeted to Newton.
@thandienewton we are very concerned to learn of this incident & we can’t apologise enough. We have removed the figure & are investigating.
— Starbucks Help (@starbuckshelp) January 5, 2016
Reaction to Newton has been mixed.
— perfect hlongwane (@perfecthow) January 6, 2016
— Chris (@MrChrisC84) January 6, 2016
What do you think?