Hollister fires models for insulting Asians at South Korea store opening

New York -- Hollister has fired three male models it flew in for the grand opening store of its first store in South Korea after the models mocked Asians in photos and on their social media accounts, according to various media reports.

During the models’ gig from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, they tweeted photos of themselves making squinty eyes, mocking their Asian fans’ accents and engaging in other offensive behavior such as flipping off the camera. A spokesman for Hollister parent company Abercrombie & Fitch said that the models were fired after the company investigated the incident, the New York Daily News reported.

“We do not tolerate inappropriate or offensive behavior on the part of our associates,” the spokesman said. “On behalf of our more than 80,000 associates around the world who cherish our core values and our culture of diversity and inclusion, we sincerely apologize for the offense caused by these unauthorized, ill-considered actions.”