It’s not shocking to hear that Cambodian garment workers, who assemble many of the fast fashion items hanging in our closets, don’t work under the best conditions. But it is always disheartening to hear just how deplorable these conditions are with no signs of improvement.
A new study done by the Human Rights Watch reveals that the problems in these factories are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal. Pregnant workers are fired. Workers who are visibly sick and need to take time off are often fired, even if they come with a doctor’s note. Forced overtime is typical, with threats of being fired, decreasing pay or putting the employee on a piece-by-piece pay rate if he or she dares to refuse the extra hours. Daily quotas, which get increasingly higher, are employed as an excuse to keep workers from using the bathroom or taking lunch breaks during the day. Workers are often bribed with extra money to hit a certain target, but are not compensated when they actually complete the work.
There is also a lot of funny business with contracts and plenty of anti-union activity, including bribing elected union leaders to leave their posts in exchange for higher pay. The labor laws put in place to protect the workers are often barely followed. “To date, Cambodia’s labor inspectorate has been wholly ineffectual, and the subject of numerous corruption allegations,” the report states.
The document provides a list of ways Cambodia and its factories can improve the situation for employees, which as of now can only be compared to slave labor. Many of these offenses are in conflict with labor laws, indicating a lack of accountability from both the factory and the government.
You can read the entire eye-opening report over at Human Rights Watch.
Emily Eavis, the daughter of the Glastonbury Festival’s founder, has come forward to comment on the petition calling for Kanye West’s removal from the festival, which now has over 120,000 signatures. Neil Lonsdale, the fellow who started the petition, says he did so as a joke, but now that it has been getting so much traction and attention, he has been encouraging more people to sign.
People always have problems with the Glastonbury lineup, but according to Eavis, this year’s response to the rapper’s involvement has been so overwhelming, she was compelled to comment. “I have such faith in humanity, but believe me, some of the vitriol being thrown around this week has made me question the dark underbelly of the web,” she wrote. “Who are those people silently shouting in disgust, throwing out threats from behind their screens? It certainly isn’t pleasant to be on the receiving end of that. I can’t even imagine how it makes Kanye feel.” Probably as great and self-important as he usually does, knowing Mr. West and his unshakeable ego.
She notes that most of the petition’s signers are not even people who will be attending the festival, and that since Kanye was announced for the show, they have only gotten a handful of requests for ticket refunds. She also says that Kanye was chosen to perform because of his talent as a musical artist, rather than his personal values. “I’ve seen people this week saying that Kanye shouldn’t appear because, in their opinion, he’s not a positive role model or because they think he’s too self-assured,” she said. “We book our acts by choosing the best and most challenging musicians on the planet – not by applying some kind of arbitrary morality test.”
Kanye clearly isn’t going anywhere, and audiences can expect him to perform at the festival, which will be going on from June 24 to June 28. Now the question is whether Yeezy will address the whole controversy during the performance…
[via The Guardian]
We all know Drake has a pretty great ear for music, but does he have an eye for art? We’re about to find out as the rapper has been tapped to curate a show for Sotheby’s. Drake will choose works from black American artists like Basquiat, Kehinde Wiley, Nick Cave, David Hammons and more and will have an accompanying song to go with each piece, which you can listen to on dedicated Beats by Dre headphones set up at the exhibit.
The show is going to meld the worlds of music and art for Sotheby’s S|2 Contemporary Art Gallery, which has locations in New York, Hong Kong and London. The show is expected to run from April 28 to June 12. The art on display will be paired with music ranging from jazz to hip-hop, so it will be an opportunity to see the rapper’s taste in art, as well as music.
Model Kendall Jenner took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes snap from the new video she stars in for the limited-edition Courrèges collection for Estée Lauder. Courrèges, the line famous for the go-go boot and Sixties-style mini dresses in futuristic silhouettes, is making a comeback with a makeup range that includes colorful lip gloss, metallic eyeshadow, and the ultimate icon of the era: white eyeliner. In the video, the 19-year-old wears bright, futuristic patent clothing in a nod to the brand and rocks a slate smoky eye with a bright pink lip. Check out the video below and shop the #Poptimistic line at Estee Lauder.