Inclusion Chief Denise Young Smith Apologises for Controversial
Apple's Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity Denise
Young Smith has apologised for her controversial remark on
diversity she made during the One Young World Summit in Colombia
earlier this week, a media report said.
At the event, Smith was explaining how Apple focuses on
diversity and commented that there could be "twelve white blue-eyed
blonde men in a room who are still diverse".
"Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit
frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the
people of colour, or the women, or the LGBT," Tech Crunch quoted
her as saying.
"There can be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room and
they are going to be diverse too because they're going to bring a
different life experience and life perspective to the
The comment attracted criticism from diversity advocates
and commentators she made during a panel discussion.
On Saturday, Smith sent an apology to her team members at
Apple saying that "she understands why some were offended by her
statement" and attempted to clarify what she