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Jakarta Post

'We don't know anything about it': Wardah Cosmetics denies involvement in anti-feminist event

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 23, 2020   /   12:29 pm
'We don't know anything about it': Wardah Cosmetics denies involvement in anti-feminist event For equal rights: Activists protest a university regulation that prohibits female students from wearing a face veil during a rally to celebrate 2018 International Women’s Day at Titik Nol (Zero Point) Monument in Yogyakarta on March 8. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

Halal makeup producer Wardah Cosmetics has issued a statement denying its involvement in an anti-feminist and anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event.

Wardah's logo was used on a poster of an event held by Majelis Umat Rabbani Nur Islam [MURNI] at the Al-Mukhlishin Mosque with the theme 'The Danger of Feminism and LGBT'.

"We as the producers of Wardah want to convey that the use of Wardah's logo on the poster was done without our consent and we knew nothing about it," Wardah said in a statement to the The Jakarta Post on Wednesday night.

Earlier on Wednesday, MURNI, a religious organization that holds talks on various topics, uploaded a poster displaying Wardah's logo on its Instagram account. 

The poster was taken down around noon, but it had attracted enough attention that a number of feminist and pro-LGBT rights activists conveyed their disapproval of Wardah, with some even threatening to boycott the company

A few hours after the poster on MURNI's Instagram account was taken down, the Instagram account of the Al-Mukhlishin Mosque, where the event was supposed to take place, posted a different poster of what seems to be the same event.


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The poster did not have Wardah's logo and the event was now titled "Feminism and LGBT from the View of Islam."