By Grace Vasquez
Most of Hollywood has been silent on the New York Times story regarding decades of sexual harassment by producer mogul Harvey Weinstein. However, Sunday, Karan was doing a red carpet interview and called Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman “wonderful” people and that the issue wasn’t with Harvey himself. Oh Oh, here it comes people.
“How do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking?” she said. “Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality?” The designer continued, “You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.” reported in the Daily Mail.
That’s when it hit the fan online… Even Rose McGowan, one of the women named in the New York Times exposé, called out Karan for her comments in a tweet. “Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime,” she wrote. “You are scum in a fancy dress.”
As expected, Karan sent out the obligatory apology yesterday. “My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein. I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual.”
Is it me or do apologies after the fact are empty? She clearly blamed the victim and not the predator. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Meanwhile, the NYT has been sitting on this story since 2004 and according to reports, was squashed by Hollywood stars including, Matt Damon and Russell Crowe. Wow. How pathetic is that? Makes me see these celebs through a different lense now. ~grace