Activist Shaun King’s private clothing brand, A Real One, has been accused of cheating customers after many took to Twitter and Instagram to wonder why they still haven’t received their orders eight months after the company launched.
King, who came to the fore at the start of the Black Lives Matter movement, founded a private clothing brand that launched in September 2021. The clothing King promoted on his Instagram is “100 percent organic.” from seed to shipping and everything in between. Deeply single-minded.”
The A Real One website advertises t-shirts and hoodies that come in a few colors and designs, one of which features a photo of King smoking a joint on the front. The hoodies with this particular design are sold for $165.
The products are advertised as “100 percent organic cotton, harvested by black farmers and then produced and manufactured in Africa. Printing for this hoodie is done exclusively by black printers in the United States.”
However, people on Twitter have started accusing the brand of being a scam after a number of people posted that they still hadn’t received their orders.
TV personality and comedian Ashley Ray wrote: “Hi it’s been 8 months since Shaun King launched a ‘private clothing line’ selling $165 hoodies, there hasn’t been an update since October, all instagram has been deleted and last existing comments were people who said that still didn’t get their orders.”
Ray further noted that the brand’s Instagram account was still active but had reportedly blocked her from viewing the account.
“lmaooo Shaun King really blocked me on Instagram for his main account and all his cheating side hustle acts it’s so thorough,” Ray wrote.
While several users commented that they received their items, many others did claimed they hadn’t.
Comments on A Real One’s Instagram account have asked for updates on their orders. One user wrote: “How do I get an update on my order? It was never sent and no one is responding to any of my emails.”
Another commented: “What a mess. It’s EXTREMELY unnerving to go through this. This is not good. I sent my sweatshirt back for an exchange weeks ago and I have heard NOTHING.”
A user tweeted“I really don’t know why anyone would fall for a Shaun King scam in 2022 after literally years of exposure to the scam. But in case you haven’t heard, he’s a scammer and doesn’t do any actual work. “
news week has reached out to A Real One and Shaun King for comment.
King has become a controversial figure in recent years after denying allegations that he mismanaged funds from charities he helped set up.
In 2021, Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot dead by police in Cleveland, Ohio in November 2014, called King for attempting to raise money on her son’s behalf without family consent .
“As a white man acting as a black man, you are a fraud who cannot be trusted. My son was 12 years old and… the DOJ needs to reopen his case. Tamir’s human rights have been violated, why would you do something like that about her “You are a selfish, egocentric person and God will deal with you white man,” Rice wrote last year.
King also recently criticized Elon Musk for buying Twitter, stating that Musk’s purchase was all about “white power.”
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