Thandie Newton Slams Starbucks for Statue of Black Child in Store Display: 'Happy New Year Circa 19th Century'
"Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter – Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century," she tweeted
Thandie Newton is not a fan of one Starbucks’ store décor.
Newton, 43, called out the chain for a statue featured at the counter of its Soho location in London.
The display was of a young black boy holding a wicker basket full of coffee beans. The statue was also dressed in a loincloth with a safari-like hat on his head.
Newton quickly took to Twitter to share her disapproval.
“Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter – Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century,” she wrote.
Starbucks swiftly replied to Newton’s tweet, claiming it was not aware of the statue.
“We are very concerned to learn of this incident & we can t apologize enough. We have removed the figure & are investigating,” wrote the chain.
Followers of the Crash actress also took to social media to show their support for Newton, and their shared outrage.
Newtown retweeted one user who wrote: “Did you have to get your morning madeline out of a mammy jar?”