Colgate and MILO Singapore have distanced themselves from Singaporean YouTuber and co-founder of Night Owl Cinematics, Sylvia Chan, following allegations of her mistreating employees. In response to a comment on its Instagram post, Colgate said that it does not tolerate any negative behaviours, and will continue to be the brand that champions optimism. "Even though the allegations are still under investigation, we decided to terminate all related collaborations with (Chan)," it said. Following Colgate's announcement, some netizens commented that they will now buy Colgate products.
Meanwhile, MILO also responded to a netizen, explaining that its campaign with Chan has ended and it is not working on any projects with her at the moment. "As a champion of sports values such as fairness and respect, MILO does not condone any form of unacceptable behaviour," it added. A check by MARKETING-INTERACTIVE on Instagram found that other brands Chan have worked with include Dorra Slimming, Toreba, Lifebuoy, Taste Australia, Dyson, Pepsi and IT Cosmetics. MARKETING-INTERACTIVE has reached out to the brands, Chan and NOC for comment.
Chan was recently accused of using slurs and bullying employees. Among the allegations was Chan being openly discriminatory to an employee named Samantha. An audio recording circulating online with accompanying screenshots revealed Chan saying "that b*tch is f*cking dumb", when talking about Samantha. Chan can also be heard asking for help to formulate an exit strategy for the employee.
Several individuals took to Instagram to defend Samantha. One netizen said that Samantha is so "soft and sweet", and that she works so hard that she barely has time for herself. Another added that Samantha has never done anything to deserve such appalling treatment.
Meanwhile, according to screenshots circulating online and on an Instagram account named sgcickenrice, Chan was also unwilling to correspond with influencers directly as they are "stupid", which she then corrected to "not so smart".
Some netizens have since defended Chan on Instagram and urged others not to show their hate for NOC as a whole because of "one or two people". One explained that many people don't realise that what they are doing is jeopardising their livelihoods and making the work environment more stressful with a "looming tension" going around.
Last year, NOC parted ways with Darryl Ian Koshy, also known as Dee Kosh, from all engagement with the brand following his sexual allegations. In a statement posted on its Facebook post, NOC said Koshy has no outstanding or ongoing projects with the company, and all collaborations have been put on hold indefinitely. It added that the company has received a request by Koshy's management to release him from all professional services with the company.
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