In an open display of hypocrisy, Donna Karan, the creator of Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing, defended an alleged sexual harasser who happens to be her friend.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein was sacked by the Weinstein Company soon after the company learned about his alleged widespread harassment of women going back decades. Actors Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd and TV reporter Lauren Sivan allegedly were victims of his sexual harassment.
Sivan accuses the film producer of cornering her in an empty restaurant and forcing her to watch him masturbate.
But for Karan, the blame falls squarely on the victims. She told the Daily Mail that her friend was “wonderful.”
This isn’t where the irony ends; she went on to blame a woman’s sensuality for being a reason of men’s monstrous behavior.
“I think we have to look at ourselves,” she said on the red carpet at the CinéFashion film awards in Los Angeles.
“Obviously, the treatment of women all over the world is something that has always had to be identified. Certainly in the country of Haiti where I work, in Africa, in the developing world, it’s been a hard time for women.”
“I also think how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?” she added.
She said the real reason for women being raped or harassed is the way they dressed.
“You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
Karan's Neanderthal line of thinking is classic victim blaming. Coming from a woman, and while she's defending an alleged sexual abuser in the same breath, is outrageous.
No woman ever asked to be harassed, and no harasser ever attacked a woman after taking her permission. Karan’s statement is enabling men and giving them all the more reason to sexually assault women.
Also, these views coming from a modern fashion designer about women asking for trouble while wearing provocative clothes herself is hypocrisy at its peak.
After receiving backlash, Karan claimed her statement was “taken out of context.”
“Last night, I was honored at the Cinemoi Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood and while answering a question on the red carpet I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe,” she said.
“I have spent my life championing women. My life has been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights. My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein. “
However, it was too late and people took to social media to slam her nonsensical approach to such a sensitive topic.
Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress pic.twitter.com/Vze7lnpdvj— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
The interview with Donna Karan is horrific. Batshit crazy. She talks about how women dress?Are her bare shoulders asking for trouble? Wtf???— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) October 10, 2017
No more Donna Karan for me https://t.co/QsflmGq7hz— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 10, 2017
Women: we need to protect & support each other! For shame, Donna Karan. Sexual assault survivors deserve our support https://t.co/BrBgWsdIIf— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) October 10, 2017
She just victim blamed all women of sexual assault for "asking for it" and questioned what they wore. She's disgusting.— Sarah Wynter (@sarahwynter) October 10, 2017
Donna Karan is Deplorable. Glad I only own one shirt from her brand & it's now in the trash.https://t.co/jKG3xtw0id— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 10, 2017
Hmm...good to know that Donna Karan does NOT support the views of the women that purchase her products. Shame on you #donnakaran— trumpsux (@trumpsydumpsy) October 10, 2017
Wow. Maybe its time for women to boycott the #donnakaran brand?— John M. Busher (@johnmbusher) October 10, 2017
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