- “The Good Place” star Jameela Jamil took to Twitter on Wednesday to share her thoughts regarding designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85.
- “A ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist shouldn’t be posted all over the internet as a saint gone-too-soon. Talented for sure, but not the best person,” Jamil wrote.
- She also shared a link to an article written by Lara Witt that pointed out some of Lagerfeld’s past controversies.
- Her comment sparked immediate conversations online, especially after many celebrities shared fond memories of working or interacting with Lagerfeld prior to his death.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Jamil slammed Lagerfeld, who died in a Paris hospital on Tuesday at the age of 85.
The actress began by sharing an article written by Lara Witt titled “Stop Mourning Oppressors: Anti-Condolences for Karl Lagerfeld.” In it, Witt acknowledged Lagerfeld’s impact on the fashion industry, but said that he “was also an islamophobic, racist, misogynistic, fatphobic rape apologist.” She also called attention to Lagerfeld’s most controversial comments that he made over the years.
Jamil shared a link to the piece and tweeted: “I’m glad somebody said it. Even if it is a little soon. A ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist shouldn’t be posted all over the internet as a saint gone-too-soon. Talented for sure, but not the best person. “
Her comment sparked immediate conversations online, especially after many celebrities shared fond memories of working or interacting with Lagerfeld prior to his death.
The late designer was creative director for Chanel, Fendi, and his own label Karl Lagerfeld, and impacted the fashion world in a number of ways. Outside of his work, Lagerfeld was known for making zingy comments and, sometimes, controversial one-liners. For example, he once called the singer Adele “a little too fat” and said that “Russian men are not good looking.”
In response to one person who suggested that Jamil “think about this in a balanced way,” the actress said that people like Lagerfeld “shouldn’t be glorified if they have never changed or apologised.”
Jamil, who has openly slammed celebrities for endorsing detox and weight-loss products, added that Lagerfeld was a powerful figure who was “openly fatphobic, racist and sexist.” She also said that she planned to compile her thoughts into an essay.
“How problematic the industry has been for girls is too complex for this,” she said.
Model and actress Cara Delevingne, who has modelled for Chanel before and worked with Lagerfeld, also stepped in to share her opinion.
“I understand what you were trying to do and I apologise if I offended you or anyone else,” Delevingne said. “I just don’t feel that living in the past and bringing up things that have already happened helps anything. Let’s move forward and lead with love.”
Jamil saw the comment and explained that she felt the need to shed light on Lagerfeld’s past controversies and those he offended.
Delevingne said that she doesn’t “condone” Lagerfeld words and actions, but added that “he is a human being like all of us who made mistakes and we should all have the chance to be forgiven for that.” She went on to say that there should instead be conversations about living people who are causing harm.
It saddens me deeply that anyone was hurt, that I do not condone. It is not possible to go through life without hurting people. He was not a saint, he is a human being like all of us who made mistakes and we should all have the chance to be forgiven for that
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) February 20, 2019
In response, Jamil said that people shouldn’t disregard “decades of abusive rhetoric towards minorities.”
She went on to say that “it’s important to just be honest” and not “just brush aside his bold inhumanity because we’re leading with love.”
Delevingne responded by saying that Lagerfeld “is not the problem.”
“The way the world is… and the way the industry has been for a long time. It’s time for change and I agree with that,” she wrote.
Jamil said that putting the blame on an industry rather than an individual is similar to the way some excused Harvey Weinstein’s allegations of sexual misconduct.
“We are all to be held accountable for our behaviour,” she wrote.”I have to. You have to. And we have to be respectful to those who have been hurt by not minimising or apologizing for extremely unkind words from a *very* powerful man.”
The actress added that her intention wasn’t to hurt Delevingne or anyone. She also said that the model wasn’t affected by Lagerfeld’s past remarks because she’s “thin, and white, and incredibly privileged.”
Jamil concluded her exchange with Delevingne by saying that she would be open to continuing the conversation.
- Read more about Karl Lagerfeld:
- In an interview a year before his death, Karl Lagerfeld said he’d had ‘every test under the sun and they can’t find anything wrong’
- Karl Lagerfeld said his cat, Choupette, was one of the heirs to his $US200 million fortune
- Meet Virginie Viard, the designer taking Karl Lagerfeld’s place at Chanel who has been by his side since she was an intern there
- Karl Lagerfeld used to drink 10 Diet Cokes a day and called toast ‘the height of luxury’
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