And boy, she is taking some HEAT for these comments!
Veteran designer, Donna Karan, is facing tremendous backlash after some comments she made regarding her friend and, according to Karan, ‘wonderful person’, Harvey Weinstein.
She is accused of ‘victim blaming’ and has been lambasted for saying that women might have been ‘asking for it’ with the way they present themselves.
Watch Donna Karan’s comments here:
Karan was asked about Weinstein because she knows him, but Karan responded as a fashion designer, which should not be a surprise — that’s her expertise.
Fashions keep pushing the edge of decency, and then sometimes just toss it right out the window.
I think we have to look at ourselves. 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.
To see it here in our own country is very difficult, but 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?
And what are we throwing out to our children today about how to dance and how to perform and what to wear? How much should they show?
Those are some legitimate insights from a fashion mogul.
But then it all goes horribly, horribly wrong.
The 69-year old designer came to her friend’s defense.
And that was her mistake.
Her entire message was lost in the defense of the indefensible.
I don’t think it’s only Harvey Weinstein.
I don’t think we’re only looking at him. I think we’re looking at a world much deeper than that.
Yes, I think he’s being looked at right now as a symbol, not necessarily as him. I know his wife, I think they’re wonderful people, Harvey has done some amazing things. I think we have to look at our world and what we want to say and how we want to say it as well.
The allegations against ‘wonderful person’ Harvey Weinstein is that he has used his position in Hollywood to try to bully women into sex. He’s accused of decades of sexual harassment and assault, as well as bullying victims, while settling potential lawsuits and insisiting on Non-Disclosure Agreements to hide his crimes.
No one asks for that, and I don’t care if the victim was totally naked at the time.
Actress Rose McGowan blasted Donna Karan for her statements. She called her ‘deplorable’ and ‘scum in a fancy dress’.
She then tweeted a photo of herself at 20, just two months after an incident with Weinstein in a hotel room. McGowan sued the producer in the 1990s, but has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
McGowan is being held up as the leader of the ‘Weinstein Resistance’.
She’s called for the firing of the heads of The Weinstein Company because they were ‘complicit’ and ‘silent’. She’s also been calling out male actors for not denouncing Weinstein.
McGowan received $100,000 settlement in her case against Weinstein, and hasn’t ever named him directly as the man that assaulted her, but has made oblique references.
Last year she tweeted out ‘Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution‘ with the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport.
Karan has released a statement saying that her comments were ‘taken out of context’ and that she doesn’t defend sexual assault.
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.
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.
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. I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.
What do you think of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior?
What do you think of Donna Karan’s defense of him?
What do you think of Rose McGowan’s smackdown of Karan?
And what do you think of Karan’s ‘apology’?
Let us know in the comments.
Source: Daily Mail
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