High-end fashion designer — and big-money Democratic donor — Donna Karan is apologizing Tuesday after a ham-fisted attempt to defend her friend, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, from allegations that he is a serial sexual predator.
In a red carpet interview ahead of the CinéFashion Film Awards, Karan told reporters, basically, that the women accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment were “asking for it” by the way they dressed.
“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?” Karan said. “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?”
Basically, if you dress sexy around Harvey Weinstein, you should be flattered when he asks you to watch him shower naked, give him a nude back rub, or backs you into a corner at a party and masturbates into a houseplant in front of you.
Karan, of course, is not only a self-described feminist, she’s part of the industry she’s criticizing here; if she thought fashion was getting too raunchy, she, as a fashion designer could easily lead the way towards more modest trends. But that’s beside the point. Karan isn’t making cultural commentary; she’s trying to excuse a friends behavior.
After being roundly criticized in the media for her decidedly anti-feminist comments on how dressing slutty is asking to be sexually harassed or worse, Karan claimed, in a statement Tuesday morning, that her words were “taken out of context.”
“Sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual,” Karan’s statement reads, adding that the designer is “truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”
She might consider issuing a personal apology to Weinstein’s alleged victims.
Perhaps not shocking at all, Karan is not only a friend of Weinstein’s, she, like Meryl Streep and others who waited days to condemn Weinstein’s disgusting behavior and his abuse of power, is a Weinstein political collaborator. Karan gave thousands to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and even hosted several high-dollar fundraisers for the failed Democratic nominee, bundling millions from the New York elite to bolster her favorite “feminist” candidate.
Hillary Clinton, of course, has remained radio silent through this whole affair.