This is what courage looks like. As people of faith, we need to be “big and bold” for Jesus. This gives us some ideas. Can we walk away from it all to keep our voice for Jesus?
Levi’s brand President Jennifer Sey said on Monday that the company pushed her out because of her public comments against COVID-19 school closures and mask mandates. Sey, 52, made the claims in Bari Weiss’ Substack channel Common Sense, writing she turned down the company’s offer of a $1 million severance package because she didn’t want to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
When I traveled to Moscow in 1986, I brought 10 pairs of Levi’s 501s in my bag. I was a 17-year-old gymnast, the reigning national champion, and I was going to the Soviet Union to compete in the Goodwill Games, a rogue Olympics-level competition orchestrated by CNN founder Ted Turner while the Soviet Union and the United States were boycotting each other.
The jeans were for bartering lycra: the Russians’ leotards represented tautness, prestige, discipline. But they clamored for my denim and all that it represented: American ruggedness, freedom, individualism.
I loved wearing Levi’s; I’d worn them as long as I could remember. But if you had told me back then that I’d one day become the president of the brand, I would’ve never believed you. If you told me that after achieving all that, after spending almost my entire career at one company, that I would resign from it, I’d think you were really crazy.
Today, I’m doing just that. Why? Because, after all these years, the company I love has lost sight of the values that made people everywhere—including those gymnasts in the former Soviet Union—want to wear Levi’s.