The 84-year-old German designer Karl Lagerfeld expressed strong feelings toward the #MeToo movement in an interview with French magazine Numero.
In his defense of a stylist, Lagerfeld didn’t hold back: “As for the accusations against the poor Karl Templar, I don’t believe a single word of it. A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. 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!”
Lagerfeld is the creative director for luxury brands Chanel and Fendi.
He took further aim at the anti-sexual assault campaign, adding: “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. All their accusations of harassment they have become quite toxic.”
Other high-profile figures have also taken aim at #MeToo of late, including talk show host Wendy Williams who believes the movement as gone too far. Williams said on her show earlier this year, “I’m sick of this #MeToo movement. I love that people are speaking up for the first time and coming out and everything, but not it’s got — I look at all men like, ‘You’re a #MeToo.’ All of them. All of them, which is not fair.”
But Lagerfeld is having none of it. “I’m fed up with it,” he said, and believes the fear of accusations is keeping people from being able to do their jobs, adding, “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.”
The elderly fashion mogul is known for his off-putting comments, once calling singer Adelle “too fat,” another time saying he didn’t like Pippa Middleton’s face, and in 2009 espousing his beliefs that the only people who are opposed to thin models are “fat mummies sitting with their bag of crisps in front of the television.”