I'm told that, shortly after, a group of UTA employees comprised primarily of African Americans complained to the tenpercentery's human resources department that the image was "derogatory" to blacks.
"Collectively the employees of color now feel uncomfortable and unwelcome," one of the staffers emailed me when it happened. "This is not the first time racial discrimination has been exhibited at United Talent Agency, but it is the first time that it has been put on public view."A discussion followed in which Zimmer tried to defend the artist's pedigree, but no matter how articulately he described the portrait's sensitive encapsulation of the African condition, all the employees could see was a sad looking black guy chained to a monkey. Zimmer eventually capitulated and relocated the piece to his office, allowing only A-list clients to get lost inside Dayaba and monkey's soul-piercing gazes. The affronted agents, meanwhile, went back about their baby-gobbling pursuits.
- UTA's Zimmer Provoked Racial Protest [Deadline Hollywood Daily]