A CEO has been fired from his job after he was captured on camera mocking a high school student wearing a prom dress.
Student Dalton Stevens, 18, wore a red gown to his senior prom with boyfriend Jacob Geitmann to show that clothing is genderless. But as the couple were taking pics at the hotel, VisuWell CEO Sam Johnson told him “hair on your chest, you shouldn’t be wearing a dress.”
The teen then responds, “I chose what I want to wear, so you can f*ck off.”
“You think he looks gross?” his boyfriend asks.
“He does,” the CEO responds: “You look like an idiot.”
“I’m sorry, I’m gorgeous,” Stevens tells him.
“Are you?” Johnson says sarcastically.
After the video went viral, he was fired.
VisuWell released the following statement on Twitter.
“We unequivocally condemn the behavior exhibited by Sam Johnson in a recent video widely circulated on social media. After investigating the matter and speaking to individuals involved, the VisuWell Board of Directors has chosen to terminate Mr. Johnson from his position as CEO, effective immediately.”
“Visuwell’s culture emphasizes respect, kindness, and compassion, especially for those from traditionally marginalized communities, and we maintain a zero-tolerance policy for intolerance of any kind. Mr. Johnson’s actions contradicted the high standards we set for ourselves in promoting the health of those who use our platform.”
“We share the concerns that so many have expressed on this matter and look forward to announcing concrete steps we are taking in support of the LGBTQ community in particular over the coming weeks.”