Plus-size gay model Michael McCauley is finally taking on his racist social media posts that resurfaced on Twitter just as he was featured in Abercrombie & Fitch’s new inclusion ad campaign.
Quick story: Queerty interviewed with McCauley last weekend, during which he touted the importance of diverse representation. Shortly after the interview was published, a number of racist social media posts written by McCauley began to re-circulate on social media.
In one of the posts, McCauley lambasted the members of Black Lives Matter, calling them an “extremist group.” In another, he lamented the activist group for blocking the streets and making them late for a meeting. And in another, he took aim at Jada Pinkett Smith for her position on #OscarsSoWhite and then complained that the Grammys don’t nominate enough white artists.
Queerty contacted McCauley for comment, but he never responded. Then yesterday, he took to Twitter to discuss the controversy.
“I want to respond to comments that were recently brought to light several years ago,” he wrote. “They weren’t meant to be hurtful. I realize how callous they are and I am sorry for the harm they have caused. Thank you.”
He also shared the post on Instagram, although he has disabled comments.
However, few were impressed with McCauley’s apology.
Your half-assed instagram story apology doesn’t cover this video, however 🥴 pic.twitter.com/YrfZveuW90
– kyle (@nowlifesadream) March 18, 2020
let me help you: go straight to the comments, call them what they were. they were racist, don’t dismiss them as just “insensitive”. And address the community that you attacked, you attacked the black community, so it should be specifically addressed in your apology.
– Thot d’Amegakure (@Accidentalthot) March 17, 2020
Thank goodness that one-size-fits-all “excuse” is always green. You can use it the next time you’re called a racist.
– Andrew Wortman (@AndrewWortman) March 17, 2020
Omg everything is better now thank you
– ʙᴀᴄᴏɴ ʙᴜʟʟʏ 🇪🇺 (@PowerBoar) March 18, 2020
It was very very half stupid
– Kyle Ord (@TheRealKyleOrd) March 18, 2020
Queerty still hasn’t heard from McCauley since we contacted him earlier this week. So, Michael, if you’re reading, we’d love to hear from you.
Update: McCauley posted a video discussing comments on Instagram –