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Donna Karan Completely Regrets Her Harvey Weinstein Comments, Apologizes Again

Donna Karan Completely Regrets Her Harvey Weinstein Comments, Apologizes Again”

But, "What do you think about what's going on with Harvey Weinstein?"

Karan suggested these eight women reportedly assaulted by Weinstein had it coming. What are they asking for? I'm a woman loving women and letting them be who they are.

"I am sorry for the comments I made last week".

Unfortunately, she continued, "Obviously, the treatment of women all over the world is something that has always had to be identified".

"I mean, if it came from anyone, it came from the mother inside of me".

"For over 40 years, I have been a woman for women - presenting women in sensual ways through my advertising and runway shows". How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? How do we present ourselves as women? "How much should they show?" 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 sorry. I am so sorry".

Now, a week later, as more and more details of Weinstein's abuse have been been unveiled, Karan has spoken to WWD apologising for her comments and asking for forgiveness. In the interview, which was caught on tape, she said among other things, "What are they asking for?" If you didn't know what was going on, why didn't you ask for clarification of the question?

WWD: For the record, you would agree that no matter what you or I or a hot 20-year-old wears, no one has the right to harass any woman at any time?

Karan's original statement was especially surprising as she is known for fashion campaigns that are meant to empower women and their sexuality. She put her comments down to fatigue and fear. "Sometimes the press can kind of gear you on, and I didn't feel it was appropriate", she said, explaining her reaction was to "a little bit of rumor", hence why she "weaved" her way around it.

There's a lot more, and personally it left me feeling a bit warm, a bit cold; it's very clear that Karan is contrite, but being exhausted doesn't necessarily square with just dropping some victim-blaming comments out of the blue.

The following day, she issued an apology in a statement that said she was "truly sorry to anyone" she offended and "everyone that has ever been a victim". I know Georgina [Chapman, Weinstein's wife and principal designer of the Marchesa brand], I know Harvey, and I didn't think it was appropriate for me to be commenting on it, so I wiggled my way out of it. However, what I did comment on was sexual harassment.

Here's what she said in an interview with Women's Wear Daily: "And I was confused by the question", she said. What? I didn't say that.



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