“Their decision to replace my campaign in China by using my concepts and substituting a local brand ambassador for me, without either my consent or prior notice, was wrong,” wrote Boyega, including that the movie celebrated his private story and featured his household and mates.
“While many brands understandably use a variety of global and local ambassadors, dismissively trading out one’s culture this way is not something I can condone,” he mentioned.
The authentic model, titled “London Gent,” reveals Boyega strolling by means of Peckham, the London neighborhood the place he grew up, driving a white horse alongside younger folks on bicycles and dancing at a celebration.
Jo Malone used related visible parts within the commercial that includes Liu.
Estée Lauder didn’t instantly reply to requests for additional remark.
“We deeply apologize for what, on our end, was a mistake in the local execution of the John Boyega campaign,” Jo Malone London mentioned. “John is a tremendous artist with great personal vision and direction. The concept for the film was based on John’s personal experiences and should not have been replicated.”
Boyega additionally hit the headlines earlier in September for calling out Disney over its remedy of his “Star Wars” character Finn.
Finn, a former Stormtrooper, performed an necessary function within the first film of the newest iteration of the franchise, however then turned extra of a background character as the next movies centered extra on Rey and Kylo Ren, performed by Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.
CNN has contacted Disney for remark.
Boyega has been an necessary voice within the latest Black Lives Matter protests, making an emotional speech at an indication in London in June.
He advised 1000’s of individuals marching in solidarity with protesters within the United States that now’s the time to demand racial equality.
“Black lives have always mattered,” Boyega mentioned on the rally. “We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I ain’t waiting.”