Alpha Dog of the Week - Chip Wilson

  • Aired:  11/18/13
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Lululemon CEO Chip Wilson issues a teary-eyed non-apology after his comments on birth control pills, Japanese pronunciation and female body types cause criticism. (5:11)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

NATION, IF YOU'VE WATCHED THISSHOW BEFORE-- AND I CERTAINLY

HOPE YOU HAVE-- DID YOU KNOWTHAT I ALWAYS SAY THAT ANY OLD

DOG CAN HUMP YOUR LEG, BUT ANALPHA DOG MAKES YOUR OTHER LEG

WATCH.

THIS IS MY ALPHA DOG OF THEWEEK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FOLKS, THIS WEEK'S ALPHA DOG IS

CHIP WILSON C.E.O. OF THEUPSCALE YOGA CLOTHING STORE

LULULEMON.

NOW, WHILE OTHERS ARE BLIND TOWOMEN'S ISSUES, THIS SEEING EYE

ALPHA DOG IS WOMEN'S BESTFRIEND.

BACK IN 2009, HE OFFERED AUNIQUE TAKE ON WOMEN'S HISTORY

WRITING: "IN THE EARLY 1970sTHE PILL CAME INTO BEING.

WOMEN'S LIVES CHANGEDIMMEDIATELY.

FEMALES NO LONGER HAD TO MAKERELATIONSHIPS WORK.

MEN'S LIVES DIDN'T CHANGE,HOWEVER, AND THEY CONTINUED TO

SEARCH FOR A STAY AT HOME WIFELIKE THEIR MOTHERS.

MEN DID NOT KNOW HOW TO RELATETO THE NEW FEMALE, THUS CAME THE

ERA OF DIVORCES."

(AUDIENCE REACTS)YOU HEAR THAT, LADIES?

DIVORCE IS YOUR FAULT BECAUSEYOU GOT THE PILL ALLOWING YOU TO

HAVE ALL KINDS OF CARE-FREE SEX.

EVERY HUSBAND'S NIGHTMARE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)BUT WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T CALL

THIS ALPHA DOG SEXIST.

HE'S WAY MORE THAN THAT.

FOR INSTANCE, HE'S ALSO RACIST.

HE SAID THAT HE CHOSE A BRANDNAME WITH A LOT OF "Ls" IN IT

AS A MARKETING TOOL BECAUSE THESOUND DIDN'T EXIST IN JAPANESE

PHONETICS, TELLING ONEJOURNALIST "IT'S FUNNY TO WATCH

THEM TRY AND SAY IT."

(AUDIENCE REACTS)THAT IS HI-RARIOUS!

(LAUGHTER)ROH-ROH.

EARLIER THIS ALPHA DOG GOT ASWAT ON THE NOSE.

>> YOGA PANTS ARE BEING RECALLEDFOR BEING TOO SEE THROUGH.

THE RECALL INVOLVES PANTINGUSING THE SIGNATURE FABRIC THAT

IS COMBINATION OF NIGH LOB ANDLYCRA.

THIS IS 17% OF ALL LULULEMONBOTTOMS.

>> CUSTOMERS HAVE NOTICED THEIRWORKOUTS ARE LOOKING MORE LIKE A

PIPE SHOW SAYING LULULEMON'SPANTS ARE SEE THROUGH, LEAVING

LITTLE TO THE IMAGINATION.

>> NOW THE COMPANY IS GETTINGCOMPLAINTS ABOUT TWO OTHER

STYLES OF PANTS.

CUSTOMERS SAY THEY'RE SCRATCHY,PILLING, AND ONCE AGAIN SEE

THROUGH.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

LULULEMON RECALLED ITSTRANSPARENT YOGA PANTS FOR WOMEN

WHICH CAUSED A HUGE DROP INSTOCK PRICE FOLLOWED BY A HUGE

DROP IN MEN GOING TO YOGA CLASS.

(LAUGHTER)BUT EVEN AFTER TURNING SUN SAL

YOU STATIONS INTO FULL MOONS--(LAUGHTER)

-- THIS ALPHA DOG REFUSED TOMUZZLE HIMSELF.

HE REVEALED WHY HIS PANTS WERENOT ONLY SEE THROUGH BUT

SUFFERED THE PILLING.

>> FRANKLY, SOME WOMEN'S BODIESJUST DON'T WORK FOR IT.

AND THAT COULD BE -->> Stephen: .

>> THEY DON'T WORK FOR THISPANT?

>> NO, THEY DON'T WORK FORCERTAIN -- SOME WOMEN'S BODIES.

JUST, YOU KNOW, IT'S ABOUT THERUBBING THROUGH THE THIGHS, HOW

MUCH PRESSURE THERE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

LULULEMON C.E.O. THINKS HISPRODUCT IS DEFECTIVE AND IT'S

YOUR FAULT BECAUSE AS PATANJALISAYS IN THE YOGA SUTRA

"CULTIVATE FRIENDLINESS TO THEHAPPY, COMPASSION FOR THE

UNHAPPY, DELIGHT IN THE VIRTUOUSAND INDIFFERENCE TOWARD THE

WICKED.

ALSO, NO FATTIES."

(LAUGHTER)NOW, NOT EVERY C.E.O. HAS THE

MARKETING SAVVY TO LIVE BY THEMANTRA "THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS

FAT."

(LAUGHTER)BUT CHIP HERE KNOWS THAT CALLING

OUT YOUR CLIENTELE'S CHUB-RUB ISJUST GOOD MARKETING.

IT MAKES THEM FEEL INSECUREABOUT THEIR BODIES, THAT'S

CAUSING THEM TO WORK OUT MOREWHICH MEANS THEY NEED MORE

ATHLETIC CLOTHES-- CHA-CHING.

(LAUGHTER)BY THE WAY, CHA-CHING IS ALSO

CHIP WILSON'S NICKNAME FORCHINESE PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)HI-RARIOUS!

AND AFTER HIS CRITICS BARKEDTHAT IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO ROLL

OVER AND APOLOGIZE HE RELEASEDTHIS HEART FELT STATEMENT.

>> I'M SAD.

I'M REALLY SAD.

I'M SAD FOR THE PEOPLE ATLULULEMON WHO I CARE SO MUCH

ABOUT.

I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLTHAT HAS OCCURRED AND THE IMPACT

IT HAS HAD ON YOU.

I'M SORRY TO HAVE PUT YOU ALLTHROUGH THIS.

>> Stephen: YOU HEAR THAT,LADIES?

CHIP WILSON IS SAD THAT YOURCHAFING HAM HOCKS MADE HIM PUT

HIS EMPLOYEES THROUGH THISDIFFICULT TIME.

THAT STILL WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THEHOUNDS IN THE MEDIA.

>> NO APPARENT APOLOGY TOCUSTOMERS, NO EXPLANATION AT

ALL.

>> CON FROM A MARKETINGSTANDPOINT CHIP WILSON'S APOLOGY

IS KIND OF A DISASTER.

SEEMS LIKE HE'S SAYING "I'MSORRY I GOT CAUGHT" BUT HE

DOESN'T SEEM SORRY HE SAID IT.

>> SOME ARE CALLING IT THE WORST"I'M SORRY" EVER.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIDICULOUS!

IT WAS A PERFECTLY GOOD APOLOGY.

BUT SOME WOMEN'S BODIES JUSTDON'T WORK FOR IT.

IF CHIP'S "I'M SORRY" WASN'TGOOD ENOUGH, YOU PROBABLY

COULDN'T HEAR HIM PROPERLY OVERTHE LOUD RUBBING OF YOUR FAT

THIGHS.

(LAUGHTER)SO THANK YOU, CHIP WILSON, FOR

LIFTING YOUR THROWING PEE ONYOUR CUSTOMERS AND THEN BLAMING

THEM FOR BEING WET.

YOU, SIR, ARE MY ALPHA DOG OFTHE WEEK.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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