Every monster has it’s share of defenders, right? As the horror stories about Harvey Weinstein continue to roll in, we’ve been waiting for someone to come to his defense. Playing that unenviable role this week: Donna Karan! Donna and Harvey apparently go way back. In a red carpet interview on Sunday night, Donna Karan was asked about the allegations against Weinstein, and what she had to say will make you want to set stuff on fire.
Donna Karan defended her “wonderful” friend, asking what the victims might have done to “ask for it.”
Excuse the fuck out of me, Donna? As a woman, hell as a HUMAN, if your first inclination is to blame the victims of sexual assault and harassment, perhaps it’s time for a deep look inside yourself. “Wonderful” people do not sexually harass, abuse, and assault women for DECADES.
During the interview, Donna said, “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.”
She implied that the way women dress makes assaulting them “ok”. Pretty rich coming from a fashion designer who arguably sells clothes that could be considered “asking for it”. Still, Donna’s words were shocking.
Social media was quick to call Donna out on her bullshit.
Donna Karan defends gargoyle Harvey Weinstein, suggesting women were "asking for it." You know what I won't be asking for? Her clothes.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 10, 2017
Donna Karan, is walking a dark street in bra & panties, "asking for it" or just a really bad idea?
This is your ad. ? pic.twitter.com/sVF7sDtvCH
— True (@KindnessnMercy) October 10, 2017
Donna Karan is getting dragged to hell and back for her comments. Maybe she was … asking for it?
Donna Karan getting dragged on Twitter. But she may have been asking for it…
— ?Seasonal Scaryname? (@JoshMalina) October 10, 2017
I mean, Donna Karan, you're not wrong. These shorts do kind of say "masturbate into a plant in front of me". pic.twitter.com/A9LtideRau
— CORINNE FISHER (@PhilanthropyGal) October 10, 2017
And no one can ignore the elephant in the room. Donna Karan has built an entire brand off of selling sex to women. But now we’re asking for it. Of course!
Donna Karan trying to profit off women’s sexuality while simultaneously condemning it makes her… basically like all of America.
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) October 10, 2017
After getting her ass handed to her, Karan tried to distance herself from her own words. She said, “My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein.” However, her statements were made on video. They were taken exactly in the context she made them. At this point, an actual apology would be a good idea, instead of the “sorry you were offended” trope we’re all tired of.
What do you think of Donna Karan’s comments? Let us know in the comments.
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