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Fashion Designer Donna Karan Wonders Aloud Whether Weinstein's Victims 'Asked For It'

There’s a reason why reporters ask the same questions over and over when covering a red carpet type event: You never know when a celebrity is going to take the bait and offer up a mouthful. Such was the case when fashion designer Donna Karan graced the red carpet at the CineFashion Film Awards on Sunday. As the Daily Mail shares, the question revolved around disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, and the DKNY creator had an unusual perspective on things.

The sexual predator scandal surrounding Weinstein seems to be growing rapidly, and many have spoken out to condemn him for his alleged behavior. As Karan sees it, there are some more things at play here that need to be considered.

“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,” she said. “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?”

Alright, so what exactly is she trying to imply here? Fear not, she would provide some more clarity to further exposed her warped way at looking at the situation.

“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,” Karan continued. “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.”

Ok then. Karan was roundly blasted for her comments, which would inspire her to have an epiphany to reveal that her remarks were somehow taken out of context.

“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,” the statement read in part. “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.”

Fair enough, but the ‘out of context’ argument isn’t exactly holding much weight. She said what she said, and she didn’t seem to be struggling for the words while doing so.

Source: Daily Mail, Page Six
Photo: YouTube

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