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Megyn Kelly: “I’m Done With Donna Karan” After Harvey Weinstein Defense

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Megyn Kelly Donna Karan Video

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Megyn Kelly Donna Karan Video

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Megyn Kelly says she’s “done” with Donna Karan after the designer defended Harvey Weinstein by victim-shaming the women who have accused him of sexual harassment. Kelly blasted Karan on Tuesday’s edition of “Megyn Kelly Today.” Watch the video below.

Karan, who has been pals with Weinstein for years, said in a red carpet interview on Sunday night, “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.” The fashion designer continued, “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?”

She went on to argue that the problem isn’t Weinstein’s specific behavior, and called him and his wife “wonderful people,” in addition to deeming his work “amazing.” She repeated, “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’s suggestion that women who are sexually harassed are asking for it prompted a big backlash on social media, where her name became a trending topic on Monday night as her comments circulated. The fashion maven later issued a statement, claiming her remarks were “taken out of context,” though they were captured on video. Still, she said, “Sexual harassment is not acceptable and this is an issue that must be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual. [I’m] truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”

Count Kelly among the offended. She brought up Karan’s comments on her talk show Tuesday morning, speaking about the situation for nearly five minutes. Of the style icon’s stance, Kelly said, “Unfortunately, she is not the only one who apparently thinks this way and it is wrong. It’s seriously wrong. Let’s be perfectly clear right now: Women sometimes make bad fashion choices, including at the office. This does not invite their own harassment. Period. End of report.”

Kelly added, “There are laws in this country. Laws. I don’t give a damn if a woman shows up in a bikini to the office, that doesn’t invite or make it okay for her superior to harass her. It makes it okay for her boss to say, ‘Go home and change.’ That’s it.”

“The truth is, sexual harassment has nothing to do with wardrobe. It has to do with power and control and sexual proclivities that a superior chooses not to reign in,” said Kelly, adding, “How insulting, by the way to man, as well. Like they are a bunch of animals who can’t behave themselves if a woman shows part of their thigh. Right?” She went on, “This attitude of blaming women for their own harassment is actually one of the reasons why women choose not to come forward after they get harassed because they fear victim shaming. They fear it. They know it’s going to happen.”

Kelly asked, “How about we not pile on, Donna? How about we use this moment to encourage women to find their own voices, despite the risks and to stand up for themselves, which is hard enough, without rich, powerful, well-connected fashion moguls lecturing them on their clothing choices. And speaking of fashion choices, here’s one for you: I’m done with Donna Karan.” All that said, Kelly then invited Karan onto her program for “an honest discussion about how she really feels.”

“Let’s talk about it. If she’s really sorry, if she really was taken out of context, if she really doesn’t feel that way, explain those comments,” said the host. Kelly also discussed the Weinstein scandal on Monday’s show, interviewing Lauren Sivan, who came forward to accuse Weinstein of masturbating in front of her. Check out the video below of Megyn Kelly taking on Donna Karan for her comments about Harvey Weinstein and how his accusers may have been “asking for it.”

 


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