Kickass Masterminds: Firm shames job applicant on IG for wearing a bikini

Marketing company, Kickass Masterminds, has come under fire for putting a job applicant on blast. The applicant, Emily Clow, was denied an internship by the firm, but that didn’t stop them from shaming her afterward. They posted a screenshot of her in a bikini, and called her out for “unprofessional” content. However, the internet decided to kick the firm’s ass instead!

 

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Kickass Masterminds played themselves

The marketing company has reportedly shut down its social media, and disabled its website, after facing massive backlash for trying to “shame” the applicant for her bikini shots.

As if turning her down for an internship wasn’t enough, Kickass Masterminds posted an Insta story featuring one of Emily’s numerous swimsuit photos — tagging her as “unprofessional”. They wrote;

“PSA (because I know some of you applicants are looking at this): do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it [sic].”

“I am looking for a professional marketer — not a bikini model,” their caption read.

“Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favours in finding a professional job,” it continued.

 

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Emily shared a screenshot of their story on Twitter, airing her own views

The said applicant, Emily Clow, was not at all pleased about what the firm did. So she took to Twitter to share her feelings. She tweeted;

“I was objectified earlier today by a company because of a picture of me in a bikini. They claimed it made me ‘unprofessional’.”

“They screenshot the photo, posted it on their Insta story and called me out,” she continued. “I am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner.”

Almost instantaneously, Emily’s tweet caused an outburst on the platform. Over 3500 people retweeted, and thousands more called out the company.

“That’s disgusting (and waaaay more unprofessional than a bikini photo) [sic],” commented one person.

“I hope they feel embarrassed as Hell for that! Also, how is that photo unprofessional? Like, you clearly aren’t on the clock in that pic, and it’s completely harmless.”

“Wow guess it’s a lot to ask to be able to wear swimwear AND be employed. what a world.”

Some analyzed the situation along the lines of gender. “I bet they don’t do the same when their male employees have pics of themselves in bathing suits”, a user tweeted.

“I guess I need to start wearing sweatpants to the pool & lake in order to be professional”, Emily herself tweeted.

 

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On Instagram, the story wasn’t much different. So much so that Kickass Masterminds had to make their account private.

Founder of the firm, Sara Christensen confirmed the incident and responded

Speaking to DailyMail Online, the CEO of Kickass Masterminds denied Emily’s claims of being turned down for the job.

“The woman in question was not disqualified because of her social media profile,” she said.

“In fact, she was not disqualified at all. There was no communication to her saying she was disqualified.”

As for the photograph, Sara added: “She requested that I removed it and I did immediately.”

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Amanda Lucy

AMANDA IS A 25 YEAR OLD COLLEGE GRADUATE. LOVES MUSIC,DANCE AND IS AN ARDENT USER OF THE INTERNET. YOU CAN FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM @nana_yaba. SHE STARTED WRITING FOR INFLEUR IN NOVEMBER 2017

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