The #MeToo movement that picked up steam after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last saw hundreds of women in the entertainment, music and fashion industry speak up about their own sexual harassment stories. While the movement is still much in motion, a #MeToo shocker has emerged as Karl Lagerfeld has finally spoken about the #MeToo Movement.
Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of brands Chanel and Fendi, who over the years has ruffled feathers with controversial opinions on everything from Adele’s weight to Kim Kardashian’s 2016 robbery, slammed the #MeToo Movement asking models not to get in the profession if they “don’t want” their “pants pulled about”.
In a candid interview with Numero magazine, the bristly designer, bluntly said that he is “fed up” with the #MeToo movement. “What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses,” Lagerfeld was quoted as saying. (As reported by IANS)
Further speaking about the outpouring number of models speaking up about harassment incidents they’ve experienced over the years, he went to criticise new regulations that have been adopted by quite a few photo studios and modelling agencies with the interest of protecting young models.
Before going on to defend stylist Karl Templer who was accused of sexual misconduct by a model, the Chanel designer said, “I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. It’s simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything.” For the uninitiated, stylist Karl Temper was of sexual misconduct by a model who claimed he “aggressively [pulled] down their underwear without asking them” in an exposé published by the Boston Globe in February.
And, then the most controversial statement came, where Lagerfeld said, “It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”
Karl, 84, also added, however, that he “cannot stand Mr. Weinstein,” but noted his distaste for the predatory movie producer was of a professional nature. (As reported by IANS)