Karl Lagerfeld said that he is sick of the #MeToo movement, and his remarks draw the ire of Chrissy Teigen and Rose McGowan, who have slammed the fashion designer on social media.
Lagerfeld talked about the campaign in his interview for Numéro Magazine. He admitted that he is "fed up" with the movement, especially the "fact there are no prosecution witnesses."
Lagerfeld admitted that what shocks him the most are the accusers who took two decades to recall what happened and file a report. Lagerfeld then talked about the effect of the #MeToo movement to the fashion industry. He complained that designers now have to ask the model if they are comfortable posing.
The 84-year-old German designer also expressed his thoughts about the sexual assault allegations against stylist Karl Templer. He called them "unbelievable."
"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," he said.
Lagerfeld also had a few words to say about those aspiring to become a model at the height of the #MeToo movement. He advised that they should not enter the profession if they don't want their pants pulled about. Instead, he suggested that they become a nun.
"Join a nunnery, there'll always be a place for you in the convent. They're recruiting even!" Lagerfeld told the publication.
Naturally, his mocking remarks irked those who are loyal supporters of the #MeToo movement, including Teigen and McGowan. Teigen said that "surely there is an in-between" to his nunnery remarks.
McGowan, who sparked the #MeToo movement after she told her abuse story in the hands of Harvey Weinstein, called for the boycott of Chanel. She also shared her photo posing with a nun. She also called Lagerfeld a "dinosaur misogynist"
Karl Lagerfeld Slams #MeToo Movement: 'If You Don't Want Your Pants Pulled About, Join a Nunnery'. Karl, your cruelty is tired. You’ve made so much money off of women’s insecurities, time for you to ride off into the victim shaming sunset. #BoycottChanel #SisterIrene pic.twitter.com/JZfYIkyN4X — rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 15, 2018
Meanwhile, Whitney Cummings categorized Lagerfeld as one of those "rich old entitled white guys with ponytails who make their money off women insecurities."
Regardless, Lagerfeld is not a fan of Weinstein despite his strong stance against the #MeToo movement. He admitted that he cannot stand him and said Weinstein is not a man of his word.