Jameela Jamil Censures ‘Fat-Phobic’ Karl Lagerfeld, ‘Even If It’s A Little Soon’
By Mikelle Leow, 21 Feb 2019
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While the life of late fashion design extraordinaire Karl Lagerfeld has been celebrated by those who had the opportunity of witnessing his work, actress Jameela Jamil reminds that, like everyone, he was a flawed human being with warts and all.
On Wednesday, just a day after the passing of the Chanel creative director, Jamil took to Twitter to point out the man’s controversial past.
The Good Place star shared an article by Lara Witt, the Editor-in-Chief of feminist publication Wear Your Voice Mag, that was titled, Stop Mourning Oppressors: Anti-Condolences for Karl Lagerfeld.
In her article, Witt described that—as well as a fashion icon—Lagerfeld was an “islamophobic, racist, misogynistic, fatphobic rape apologist.”
Lagerfeld was known for his razor-sharp words, and once famously described singer Adele as “a little too fat,” as well as said that Russian men were “not good-looking.”
In response to Witt’s feature, Jamil 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 premature criticism hasn’t sat well with internet users, most notably by model and actress Cara Delevingne, who worked with Chanel and Lagerfeld in the past.
Replying to Jamil’s takedown, Delevingne wrote, “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.”
Delevingne also encouraged everyone to “move forward and lead with love.”
Jamil, however, didn’t think it would be right to discount a person’s flaws just because they had passed on.
“We are all to be held accountable for our behavior,” she replied.”I have to. You have to. And we have to be respectful to those who have been hurt by not minimizing or apologizing for extremely unkind words from a very powerful man.”
Jamil added that Delevingne wouldn’t be able to fully comprehend the repercussions of Lagerfeld’s past remarks as the latter is “thin, and white, and incredibly privileged.”
The actress and body positivity activist has been continuously outspoken about the unhealthy ideals women are expected to live up to, no thanks to airbrushed photos and an influx of diet products.
She is now an ambassador of American Eagle Outfitters’ lingerie brand, Aerie, which has made a pact to feature retouch-free imagery of its models.
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. https://t.co/RK3Q9HilpP— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 19, 2019
I didn’t find you offensive. I just think it hurts a lot of fat people, and people who he was racist about, and people who were affected by his toxic misogyny, to see someone like that hailed as if he was a saint. We have privelege so he was nice to us. He hurt a lot of people.❤️— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 20, 2019
Again, we can’t chalk decades of abusive rhetoric towards minorities as “being human” or “ making mistakes” doing it once as a joke and then apologizing is one thing, doing it again and again in spite of public outcry is a bad human. I’m sorry to speak ill of someone you love. ❤️— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 20, 2019
I agree with you but please don’t call him a bad human, that is simply not fair. We should be talking about the people alive, in power, ruling the world who are hurting, destroying far more lives than this man who has passed only yesterday.— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) February 20, 2019
But cara, his cruel words weren’t directed at you because you’re thin, and white, and incredibly privileged. So you don’t feel the pain of his bad behavior. There is never a good time to talk about this really. So much glory to someone who punched down, frequently. I’m sorry. X— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 20, 2019
We can’t just brush aside his bold inhumanity because we’re leading with love. If he’d been notoriously wildly homophobic, you may not be forgiving and leading with love. It’s important to just be honest. I think. ❤️— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 20, 2019
Honest yes and this should be a general dicussion which should be spoken about outside of just him. He 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— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) February 20, 2019
You can not compare Harvey to Karl! Especially to me— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) February 20, 2019
I’m not comparing their actions. I’m saying we can’t blame an individual’s crimes on the industry they work in. We have to hold the very powerful people who hurt people to task. X— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 20, 2019
I agree but what you are saying you must understand is upsetting me greatly. I am grieving someone who was special to me. It’s very tough to have this conversation without getting emotional.— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) February 20, 2019
All I ask is that you consider those who are hurting right now and leave some space for that before discussing the issues that need to be. That’s all— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) February 20, 2019
And I am asking you consider all the people without your privelege who he talked about as if they weren’t human beings with feelings, worthy of any respect. Whether he was your friend or not. I’m sorry Cara, but I just answered you honestly and as respectfully as I could. ❤️— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 20, 2019
[via Complex, images via various sources]
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