Sunday, July 21, 2024

Controversial British Retailer Boohoo Is Now the Top Donor to George Floyd Family’s GoFundMe Campaign


EXCLUSIVE There’s a new top donor to the GoFundMe campaign set up by George Floyd’s family.

Website has donated $35,000 to the campaign, which now boasts $7 million in donations. Pretty Little Things is a company that specializes in cheap clothes for teens. Last Thursday, another retailer, called Boohoo, bought out the minority stake in Pretty Little Things for a reported $338 million.

The whole deal is pretty sketchy. Boohoo bought a 34% stake in Pretty Little Thing owned by Umar Kamani, the son of Boohoo’s chairman and co-founder Mahmud Kamani, and business partner Paul Papworth.

The deal drew criticism in London from Matthew Earl, the head of hedge fund ShadowFall, who is known at the “Dark Destroyer” for the effect his research can have on companies’ share prices. “Above all, this is another example of the Kamani family reducing its ownership in the company largely using cash,” Earl said.

What PrettyLittleThing cares about George Floyd’s family is unclear. But Boohoo is not a popular company in the fashion world. According to the website “boohoo sells dresses for as little as £4, a price that is too good to be true. With prices this low it is unlikely that the workers making their clothes will have fair wages and be free from exploitation. boohoo won’t tell us which factories produce their clothes, so the human cost behind the price tag remains hidden.  We are calling on boohoo to publish their supply chain and tell us about the working conditions and wages behind their low-cost clothing.”

The Floyds might want to consider rejecting the donation.

As I wrote yesterday, the Floyd GoFundMe campaign has attracted a lot of famous donors. Add to the list today Georgia Jagger, model and daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, who kicked in $2,000.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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