March 4th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Designer Hugo Boss falls out of Oscar fashion for Danny Glover

Danny Glover has called on Hollywood to make a fashion statement at the Oscars on Sunday by not donning any Hugo Boss, choosing instead to wear a pin that shows solidarity with the hundreds of men and women who are soon to be out of work at a Hugo Boss factory near Cleveland, Ohio.

In a letter sent to Hollywood insiders and Oscar attendees, Glover wrote, "Hugo Boss suits have been a favorite at the Oscars for decades, and for years, Hugo Boss has been making high-quality suits at a factory near Cleveland. ... But over the winter holidays, Hugo Boss sent letters to those dedicated employees saying that they would no longer have jobs by April."

Glover went on, "the workers are productive and the plant is profitable. But Hugo Boss has decided that it can make more profit by moving production to Turkey or Eastern Europe."

George Clooney, Jeremy Renner, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, among others, were sent the letter along with a pin.

Glover collaborated with labor union Workers United to spread word about the effort, which includes an online petition for the public to sign, which will be delivered to attendees before Sunday night.


Filed under: Celebrities • Oscars 2010

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  1. Get serious

    Danny Glover is not a racist...he is your typical garden variety left leaning hollyweird liberal who lives in his own fantasy world. He cherrypicks his causes, but like the rest of the flakes and nuts he is a major hypocrite.... I remember him campaigning for Clinton who signed NAFTA which started the major exodus of jobs...he is in lockstep with the unions who thru their corruption and greed have made the US a less profitable place to do business...he is just trying to make himself relevant....he is an average actor....and lost all my respect by supporting a known cold blooded cop killer....

    March 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Ditto to what Damon said above. The capacity of these 'celebrities' for hypocritical self absorption is beyond imagination. They produce nothing, celebrate and thereby perpetuate the worst of our society in the name of art, and pick and choose their causes based on guilty conscience. They make me sick. Celebrate your freedom Danny and move to Venezuela.....you and Chavez deserve each other.

    March 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Head Diva In Charge

    I totally respect the political statement being made here, however, why at the Oscars? I mean – go drink, be happy and rich......make a statement to the press, but please, please, don't make it a focus.

    March 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gte890h

    don't hate the player hate the game. Globalization is part of the changing economy. Companies have to follow suit if they want to remain profitable. Boss may be profitable today but they need to keep up with competition in order to remain profitable.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gail

    This is so sad. Why do we do this to people here in the United States. Well, we have to hit them were it will hopefully hurt and that is in the money. I pray for those workers who will be without jobs. But, prayer is powerful, I am praying. Until April, 2010. Peace and Blessings.

    March 5, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. darlene d

    I don't get it....what does race have to do with what Danny Glover is trying to do. I agree he is moving in the right direction but I doubt it will make a difference. It's too bad that someone of color makes a statement or suggestion and a few of you on here have to bring up a racist remark...so sad what this country has come to.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Shane McGuire

    Folks-

    All of you don't seem to get it on how this whole outsourcing thing stops.

    It stops when our lackies in Washington D.C. decide that they need to tax the living @#$%& out of these companies.

    For those of you who think this issue is a Bush Administration problem, you all need to go backwards to the Clinton Administration and thank that group of yo-yo's for signing NAFTA into law.

    H. Ross Perot was absolutely right when he stated that NAFTA was bad business for the USA. The Clinton Administration got big bucks from big businesses in the USA to have American Jobs moved overseas and across US Borders.

    As for bashing Mr. Glover, well yeah he has his issues too. But they are far less than what our Nation is facing right now with a new Administration that is still arguing about a Health Care Reform Plan that is going to cost us all BBBBillions in Tax Dollars, and placing the need for employment of US Workers on the back burner.

    USA First!

    March 5, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Get serious

    Danny...why don't you go back to supporting cop killers?

    March 5, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Judy

    I agree 100% with Danny Glover. And someone had to bring up racism just because he happens to be a black man. Its not about black or white ...its about the bigger picture. If it was your or your family affected by this ....maybe those of you with something negative to say....would care more.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Congrats Danny Glover! Leave it to a few idiots to have a problem with him standing up – something they have no concept on how to do. Accusing him of getting murderers and rapists out of jail for crimes against white women is beyond ignorant. How do these people stay alive with such low levels of intelligence and information. Further, Mr. Glover doesn't need a comeback to make a living – you need a job. Get your fat rears off the couch, stop writing misinformed comments and get a cause that helps others. Mr. Glover is taking a step in the right direction, and attempting to restore jobs for whites as well as all other people and supporting the idea of rebuilding our country – which is what America is all about. Racists – go back to whatever country will take you!!!

    March 5, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sowmya

    Appreciate that a hollywood star is raising voice for somebody but i donot agree with his ideology.Hugo Boss has every right to do whatever it wants to ,World is a global villlage.This new found protectionist policies are agains americal priniciples.America is known for innovation and openness .

    March 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike from Toronto

    Hey... I got an idea.. let's ALL not buy anything from CHINA!

    Let's see how long you even consider that one.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I agree the intention, but I don't agree the action. I hate companies outsource to foreign countries. However, Hollywood also transfered thousands of jobs elsewhere, particularly in Canada. so are we boycutt Hollywood? IBM is a one of prime example cutting worforce in America, and outsource to other countries. Are we boycutt them too? Nike did not have any manufacturing in tghe US. are we boycutt them too? This is going on and on...

    Unless a real movement, sigle out to one company at a time, just throw a stone into the ocean. Only produces splash...

    March 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jack

    Danny Glover rallied in favor of getting black rapist/murderers out of prison for crimes against two white girls (like what Harry Belafonte does for a living). He is a worthless racist and I'm happy his career is over.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. juddy

    thats what am talking about thanks mr glover for the little people behind the scenes and no voice keep it up.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Shelby

    Keep it up Danny! You are one of the few intelligent and morally conscious men in HW! You are my hero!

    March 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. GeoB

    And thus, more AMERICANS out of work! READ THE LABELS-DO NOT BUY. It will take a while, just like the situation we are in, but the message will be received! MAKE SURE IT IS MADE IN AMERICA!!!

    March 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Damon

    I find it interesting that Danny Glover knows the profitability and motives for Hugo Boss and his production team.

    Keep in mind this is the same Danny Glover who thinks the earthquake in Haiti was a product of the world's failure to come to some global warming agreement in Copenhagen.

    News flash to all Hollywood types - just because you get to spend time in front of a camera because of your profession does not mean you have a special insight about what is going on with the world. Shut up, Danny Glover!

    March 4, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Denizen Kate

    Bravo to Mr. Glover for good use of celebrity, but the few hundred Hugo Boss employees in Ohio are a drop in the bucket to the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs that have been moved overseas in the last couple of decades. We were a nation of producers; now we are a nation of consumers. The only real "capital" we have left is intellectual, and with the state of our education system, that will be gone soon, too. (Am I a pessimist? Maybe, but isn't a pessimist just an optimist with experience?)

    March 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. L.A.

    Go Danny go!
    This is a great way to use your celebrity positioning....
    Anything to keep profit turning biz here in America where we need it so badly!
    Thank you!

    March 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |

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