Lush defends #spycops campaign as consumer backlash continues

By Lucy Tandon Copp 1-Jun-2018

The UK-based cosmetics company says "this is not an anti-state/anti-police campaign"

Lush defends #spycops campaign as consumer backlash continues

Lush is standing by its #spycops campaign, despite receiving criticism and boycott threats from consumers online.

The UK cosmetics company is currently running the campaign to expose the alleged practice of using undercover police spies in the UK that go "well beyond the boundaries of acceptable police tactics".

It says that spies, such as PC Mark Kennedy who was exposed in 2010 for masquerading as an environmental activist called Mark Stone, have been used to infiltrate the personal lives of activists, lying about their identities and tricking women into sexual relationships.

In a statement, it said: "This is not an anti-state/anti-police campaign.

"We are aware that the police forces of the UK are doing an increasingly difficult and dangerous job whilst having their funding slashed."

It clarified: "Our campaign is to highlight this small and secretive subset of undercover policing that undermines and threatens the very idea of democracy."

Consumers threaten to #flushlush


Lush defends #spycops campaign as consumer backlash continues

However the campaign, which has been accompanies by imagery on Lush's website of uniformed police, has been heavily criticised by consumers.

As a result the hashtags #boycottlush and #flushlush have been circulating on social media.



Cries of 'fake outrage'

The case of undercover police spying is currently the focus of an ongoing public inquiry, which was spearheaded by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

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Some consumers showed their support for Lush, however, with one calling out negative reactions as "fake outrage".


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