John Boyega cuts ties with fragrance company after being erased him from ad campaign

John Boyega cuts ties with fragrance company after being erased him from ad campaign

Nigerian/British actor, John Boyega has stepped down as the global ambassador for Jo Malone London after the fragrance company replaced him with a Chi

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Nigerian/British actor, John Boyega has stepped down as the global ambassador for Jo Malone London after the fragrance company replaced him with a Chinese actor and reshot a video made by and starring Boyega for use in the Chinese market.

“I have decided to step down as Jo Malone’s global ambassador. When I joined the brand as their first male global ambassador last year, I created the short film we used to launch the campaign. It won the Fragrance Foundation Virtual awards 2020 for Best Media Campaign.

“Their decision to replace my campaign in China by using my concepts and substituting a local brand ambassador, without either my consent or print notice, was wrong. The film celebrates my personal story- showcasing my hometown, including my friends and featuring my family.”

“While many brands understandably use a variety of global and local ambassadors, dismissively trading out one’s culture this way is not something I can condone. It’s back to back but I assure you this will be dealt with swiftly. I don’t have time for nonsense. We press on and strong. Stay blessed people,” he tweeted.

Boyega’s video, titled ‘London Gent,’ features his actual friends and family, and depicts the actor on horseback and walking through the city’s Peckham district, where he grew up. In the Chinese version of the campaign, Boyega is replaced by Detective Chinatown star, Liu Haoran, but the ad retains other visuals like horseback riding.

Jo Malone apologized for the decision this weekend, calling it a mistake in the local execution of the John Boyega campaign. The company said, “John is a tremendous artist with great personal vision and direction. The concept for the film was based on John’s personal experiences and should not have been replicated.”

Now, Boyega has decided to cut ties with the company.
“While many brands understandably use a variety of global and local ambassadors, dismissively trading out one’s culture this way is not something I can condone. It’s back to back but I assure you this will be dealt with swiftly. I won’t have time for nonsense. We press on and strong. Stay blessed people,” concludes Boyega.