Jameela Jamil slams 2023 Met Gala theme for honoring ‘distinctly hateful’ Karl Lagerfeld
Jameela Jamil has slammed the decision to honor the late Karl Lagerfeld at next year’s Met Gala.
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It was announced last week that the Metropolitan Museum of Art will present “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” on May 1, which will honor the fashion designer, who died in 2019 aged 85.
But the theme didn’t sit well with “The Good Place” star, who rushed to Instagram to share some choice words about Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s selected theme.
Sharing a black-and-white portrait of the late German designer, the 36-year-old actress simply wrote, “Nope.”
“Karl Lagerfeld is the theme for the entire Met Gala next year,” she captioned her post. “This man… was indeed, supremely talented, but used his platform in such a distinctly hateful way, mostly towards women, so repeatedly and up until the last years of his life, showing no remorse, offering no atonement, no apology, no help to groups he attacked… there was no explanation for his cruel outbursts.”
“Those groups were women who were sexually assaulted, the entire me too movement, gay couples who wanted to adopt, all fat people, specifically fat women, and some of his greatest harm was against Muslim refugees, and the disgusting way he spoke about people fleeing their homes for fear of their lives,” she went on.
“Why is THIS who we celebrate when there are so many AMAZING designers out there who aren’t bigoted white men? What happened to everyone’s principles and ‘advocacy.’ You don’t get to stand for justice in these areas, and then attend the celebration of someone who reveled in his own public disdain for marginalized people.”
“Sorry, but no. This isn’t the 90s. We didn’t fight all this s–t just to throw it all away because some white guy made some pretty clothes for people’s skinny faves… come on now,” Jamil added.
The actress included “receipts” for her strong stance which she featured in her post. She described the former creative director for Chanel, as “someone who reveled in his own public disdain for marginalized people.”
The second slide of Jamil’s post included Lagerfelt’s controversial 2009 interview in which he told German magazine Focus that “no one wants to see curvy women.”
Other exampled shared by the actress include Lagerfeld’s comments about women who came forward during the #MeToo Movement.
“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,” Lagerfeld reportedly told Numero in 2018.
Jamil said she’s “well aware” her post would “probably end my relationship with Vogue.” She admitted to being “amazed to see the entire Met Gala and all the famous celebrities and models celebrating someone who said this s–t about women so often.”
The Met wrote in a press release that the event will consist of about 150 designs that “explore the artistic methodology and stylistic vocabulary of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs through recurring themes across more than 65 years, from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019.”
The snazzy and swanky bash will bring together wealth, fashion, A-list stars, viral moments and designers for one night only in 2023.