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Victoria's Secret issues a apology for transphobic comments

President and chief marketing officer Ed Razek of Victoria's Secret issues apology for anti-trans comments.
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Before Veteran's Day weekend,  Victoria's Secret's  President and chief marketing officer Ed Razek was in the news because of comments he made to Vogue in regards to casting trans women in their popular lingerie shows. 

Razek said the issue has come up, and the company has considered it, but ultimately they decided that it wouldn't represent the brand.. 

"Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should," he said in the article. "Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is. It is the only one of its kind in the world, and any other fashion brand in the world would take it in a minute, including the competitors that are carping at us. And they carp at us because we’re the leader."

Razek also made comments about plus-sized women as well. "We attempted to do a television special for plus sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it. Still don’t," 

The latest show took place November 8 in New York with Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner modeling the fashions. 

But once the word got around about Razek's aversion to trans models he retracted his statements on Twitter

"To be clear, we absolutely would cast a transgender model in our show. We've had transgender models come to castings... And like many others, they didn't make it."

He added: "It was never about gender." It should be noted that his comments about plus-sized models were not addressed. 

There were a lot of people who thought the apology was unwarranted, saying if that is the company's policy then so be it. 

"Ed, you have no reason to put out any statement whatsoever. Do not cater to these peoples needs. They want every single person and thing in the world to accept them and force their needs into every situation. Please never change your show." wrote Kayler1. 

Another wrote, "You do realize that VS caters to the male demographic of buying something for his woman to wear?? By throwing in a d**k taped down under a thong, you have just turned off half your targeted audience. @victoriasecret don't let the .001% bully you."

And still, there were some who blasted the company for its exclusionary behavior. 

"This is crap. There are drop-dead, gorgeous trans women who are every bit as beautiful and talented as your top models, if not more so!" wrote Twitter user Tawnya.