Almost two weeks ago, Fashion mogul Donna Karan told reporters on a red carpet in Los Angeles Sunday night that Weinstein “has done some amazing things” and he and his wife are “wonderful people.” Donna continues by adding that some women are asking for “trouble” by the way they dress and “presenting themselves the way they do.”
“It’s not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and, you know, what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble” Karan said.
Donna Karan was widely critisized for what she said.
Today Karan says she’s “truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.” She also added that her remarks were taken out of context and don’t represent her feelings. She says she believes “sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual.”
The scandal sure shed light and got people talking about high profile feminists. Are they really fighting for all women or it is only to personally benefit from it?
Perhaps Donna Karan's words was an initial reaction to defend her dear friend. Could Harvey Weinstein really be a dear friend? to a woman? Was he that good at hiding his real self? Was she protecting him to benefit in the future? Would you react the same if it was your daughter, sister, mother ?
Disappointing. But what's done is done.
Karan's full statement:
I am sorry for the comments I made last week. Those words do not represent who I am, what I believe or what I have represented throughout my career.
For over 40 years, I have been a woman for women — presenting women in sensual ways through my advertising and runway shows. There is no question that women should wear what they want, when they want and without fear of being harassed, molested or abused. I am sorry for saying something I did not mean and I hope my track record proves who I am and that the words I mistakenly uttered last week do not represent my actual views.
As a woman, mother, grandmother, designer and philanthropist, I have always put women first. My mission in life is, and always has been, to dress and address women, empowering and enabling them to express their professionalism, passion and sensuality.
To the women who have shared their personal stories of sexual harassment and to those who have been abused and have not yet told tell their story, I stand by you...as your friend, your sister and your supporter. You are courageous. Beautiful. And I admire you.
What Harvey Weinstein did is unconscionable and unforgivable. I apologize for my comments that gave the impression that I feel any other way about any man who disrespects, harasses or abuses any woman.