Actress Thandie Newton Calls Out Starbucks For Offensive Store Display (Photo)

| by Brendan Kelly
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Starbucks was quick to apologize after actress Thandie Newton shared a photo on Twitter of an offensive display spotted at a branch of the coffee chain in London.

The actress shared a photo of a small black statue holding a bowl of Colombian coffee beans on Jan. 4, the Mirror reports.

“Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter - Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century,” Newton tweeted with the photo.

Newton’s tweet was retweeted hundreds of times and quickly caught the attention of Starbucks.

The company apologized on Twitter, saying that they were "concerned" and that they were “investigating.”

Starbucks issued an official statement about the incident on Jan. 6, Yahoo reports:

"Serving as a welcoming place for everyone is core to who we are as a company. As we became aware of the offense, we immediately removed the figure from our store. We aim to provide an inclusive environment for all customers and communities in which we serve, and we are working with our partners (employees) to avoid similar incidents from happening in the future. We apologize for the offense caused."

Sources: MirrorYahoo / Photo credit: Mirror