I know I've written way too many posts on the whole "MAC & Rodarte" issue (here, here, & here) but I thought it was important to spread word that MAC is officially dropping the collection altogether (I first heard about this after reading this post on Of Face and Fingers.) I was very happy with MAC's previous decision to donate all the proceeds and while I'm happy that they're not putting out this collection anymore, I'm wondering, "Well, how much will they even donate now?" Knowing how MAC collections are, I'm pretty sure a lot of money would've been made through this collection -especially since it would've been for a great cause.
Here's the post from Facebook:
M·A·C Decides Not to Ship M·A·C Rodarte Makeup Collection Out of Respect for Women & Girls of Juárez and their Families
by MAC Cosmetics on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 5:27pmThis decision will not impact M·A·C 's commitment to donate all of its projected profits from the collection to benefit the women and girls of Juarez.
Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women and girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our M·A·C Mexican staff and colleagues, M·A·C has made the decision not to ship the M·A·C Rodarte limited edition makeup collection. This decision will have no impact on M·A·C's commitment to donate all of its projected global profits from this collection to local and international groups that work to improve the lives of the women and girls of Juarez. We are currently conducting due diligence to ensure we donate to organizations with a proven record of directly supporting the women and girls of Juarez.
M·A·C and Rodarte are deeply and sincerely sorry and we apologize to everyone we offended. We have listened very closely to the feedback of concerned global citizens. We are doing our very best to right this wrong. The essence of M·A·C is to give back and care for the community and Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. We are grateful for the opportunity to use what we have learned to raise awareness on this important issue.
I really just hope that MAC will still be donating a reasonable amount. I don't mean to sound cynical either but are they pulling the collection so that they don't have to donate that huge sum of money that they'd make from the collection? Or are they doing it because the collection just was very poor taste from the beginning? Like Of Face and Fingers, I'm also wondering what's going to happen to all those products that have already been made. Will they just throw it out or will they repackage them for a future collection(s) -one in which they can keep all the profits for themselves?
I really don't know what to make of this because I don't know the answer to these questions. The whole collection should've never been made in the first place (at least in this manner) but at least it got peoples' attention -which garnered support for the situation in Juarez. I just hope that these women -and all the people living in Juarez for that matter, can someday just live in peace.