Many people weren't impressed by fashion icon Virgil Abloh's contribution to a Miami bail fund. 😳
As donations have poured into organizations like the Minnesota Freedom Fund to help provide financial relief for arrested protesters, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection recently matched a $50 donation to support "kids in the streets" of Miami protesting the murder of George Floyd.
"The Miami community ~ im crazy inspired," Abloh wrote over a screenshot of his contribution to FempowerMIA on Instagram Stories. "For kids in the streets that need a bail funds for George Floyd protests."
However, knowing Abloh's status as a multi-millionaire and the steep price of apparel and accessories from Louis Vuitton and his luxury streetwear label Off-White, social media users were quick to drag him for his light contribution.
"Virgil abloh really just donated 11% of one off-white belt," pointed out one Twitter commenter.
After seeing the online response to his effort, Abloh added some context to the donation in another IG Story.
"The $50 donation as was described in a recent screenshot was apart of matching funds of friends I saw in my timeline" he explained, adding that it was "meant to inspire others to do the same."
This latest move comes just a day after Abloh restated his "'Streetwear' is dead" sentiment alongside a video of the aftermath at Sean Wotherspoon's Round Two vintage clothing and sneaker store in Los Angeles, which was looted over the weekend.
“Case & point # 81 why I said ‘streetwear’ is dead,” Abloh suggested. “Streetwear is a community. It’s groups of friends that have a common bond. We hang out on street corners, fight with each other, fight for each other.
“‘Streetwear’ is a detachment to the above. ‘Streetwear’ is yelling [at] shop staff, starting fights at lineups, defaming us cause we didn’t get enough pairs of shoes cause everyone can’t get a pair.”
Abloh also left a comment under Wotherspoon's video telling those that stole from Round Two that their items are "tainted and a reminder of a person I hope you aren't." He added that they should "hang [their] head in shame" if they ever see Wotherspoon.
"This is fucked up," Abloh wrote. "You see the passion blood sweat and tears Sean puts in for our culture. This disgusts me. To the kids that ransacked his store and RSVP DTLA, and all our stores in our scene just know, that product staring at you in your home/ apartment right now is tainted and a reminder of a person I hope you aren’t.
"We’re apart of a culture together. Is this what you want?? When you walk past him in the future please have the dignity to not look him in the eye, hang your head in shame...."
While Abloh has a certain right to be upset, his comments took on a different tone when compared to luxury designer Marc Jacobs' more understanding opinion on the recent looting, even though one of his own stores had been hit.
"Property can be replaced, human lives CANNOT," he asserted in an IG post.
Here's what else people had to say about Abloh's 50 spot.