At the CinéFashion Film Awards on Sunday, Donna Karan appeared on the red carpet to give an interview that went wildly wrong. When asked about the New York Times article on the decades of sexual abuse cover-ups by Harvey Weinstein, Karan had this to say:
"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.
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?"
The interview with Donna Karan is horrific. Batshit crazy. She talks about how women dress?Are her bare shoulders asking for trouble? Wtf???— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) October 10, 2017
Rose McGowan who has been a leading voice in condemning the media mogul and asking the entire board of directors to step down from Weinstein's company, fired this tweet at Karan.
If you think that Weinstein manipulated and connived to harass women bc of what they were WEARING you'll look the other way on anything.— Alexandra Schwartz (@Alex_Lily) October 10, 2017
Donna Karen just devalued a lifetime of work by devaluing victims of sexual harassment and assault. A true shame to see.— Lizelle van Vuuren (@heylizelle) October 10, 2017
I was stunned by her words. Victim blaming at its worst! In 2017! When will it end? I fear it never will. Donna Karan should be ashamed!!— Kim Chandler (@kchandler1969) October 10, 2017