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Man Hits Back at Bosses for Telling Him to Remove His Make-up at Work

The Independent logo The Independent 13-07-2017 Sarah Young

© Provided by Independent Print Limited A male shop worker has slammed his bosses after claiming he was reprimanded for wearing make-up at work. 

In 2017, we have men who sell make-up, men who write about make-up and a string of successful male beauty bloggers and vloggers, but perish the thought a man should actually wear the stuff.

Scott Laplanche, 20, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire in the U.K. says that while he was at work at an electronics store, he was asked to remove his make-up and believes that the request was discriminatory given that his female colleagues “wear more make-up than he does.”

Although he had worked in the shop for around nine months and had never been told off for wearing make-up before, Laplanche says that new management told him to remove it completely. After refusing, they then told him to “tone it down.”

Understandably maddened by the request, Laplanche took to Facebook to share his disdain, which has since been shared more than 3,000 times. 

“Before I explain my frustrations, you need to bear in mind that.. There isn’t any makeup policy at work,” he wrote.

“Also, a lot of my female colleagues wear more makeup than I do.

“With that in mind, I’ve been working here for about 8/9months and I’ve never been reprimanded on my makeup before. Actually quite the opposite.. some managers have supported me and complimented my makeup.

“However recently we’ve had to go under new management.

“Earlier on in the week I came to work as my fabulous self and was told to take off my makeup.

“I was quite shocked… After I refused, I’m getting told to tone it down? Excuse me? Tone it down? You can’t tone down a masterpiece." 

“I felt this was discriminatory?” 

Laplanche goes on to explain that he shouldn’t have to take off his make-up while his female colleagues are able to come to work wearing it.

And he also included an image he claims was taken moments after the disagreement showcasing a fairly natural make-up look.

“This is 2017, a time of year where we celebrate Pride throughout summer and I look hella hot so deal with it!” he added. “It’s wrong to blatantly discriminate for whatever reason that may be.”


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