Donna Karan Suggests Weinstein's Alleged Victims Were 'Asking for It'

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Designer Donna Karan has jumped to the defense Harvey Weinstein in the face of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct over the years, suggesting that his victims were “asking for it.”


Karan decided to share these thoughts—and others!—with the Daily Mail during a red carpet interview at the CinéFashion Film Awards on Sunday. Here she goes:

She told a reporter: ‘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?’

Is she done? Nah:

“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.”

Karan is friends with Weinstein and his wife, the Marchesa creator Georgina Chapman, and called them both “wonderful people.”

“I don’t think it’s only Harvey Weinstein,” she said, smiling broadly.

Good luck, Donna.

Updated: Karan has apologized, while also claiming that her statements were “taken out of context.”


[The Daily Mail]

Demi Lovato endeared herself to fans and strangers who appreciate chill celebrity situations on Saturday night, handling a mid-song voice-crack at the iHeartRadio album-release party with the ease of a Relatable Mortal.


Lovato was giving a great performance of “Stone Cold,” a challenging song that stretches the boundaries of the human vocal range when her voice turned on her, cracking during a high note. “Fuck,” she said. “I don’t know what to do.”


But Lovato is both a talented singer and a liar, since she handled the situation expertly by finishing the song and concluding with a shrug. I mean, what else can you do?


[Entertainment Weekly]

Hilary Duff seems to be back together with her ex, musician Matthew Koma. Here they are, gazing fondly at each other in outfits suggesting that they are heading to two very different places once this picture gets posted:


According to E!, the two dated briefly before ending things in March. In July, Duff was seen floating around in the ocean with Ely Sandvik, but he must have been eaten by a sea lion or something because now Koma is back in the picture:

“Since Matt got back from tour, they’ve been seeing each other again,” a source told E! News exclusively. “Him being gone on tour was the main reason things didn’t work out the first time around so now that he’s back they picked up right where they left off.”


So glad that worked out. As long as Koma never goes on tour again.

[E! News]

  • Rachel Bloom bought herself a Ta-Ta towel, congratulations Rachel! [People]
  • Kathy Griffin has returned to comedy. [People]
  • Oh no, Judi!!!! [Newsweek]



Wow. That’s disgusting. Thankfully other designers make beautiful wrap dresses so I don’t have to worry about giving up a favorite designer.

Her comments are disgusting on so many levels. Using Haiti and (the CONTINENT of) Africa as a sad example. Ignoring the oppression and disparities here by looking towards “the dark world”. So she slut-shamed, White Savior Complexed, showed typical American ignorance, and more all in one statement.

Internalized misogyny and American exceptionalism are wicked drugs.