‘Asking for It’: Donna Karan Apologizes for Her Comments on Harvey Weinstein

Donna Karan is apologizing for her response to allegations about Harvey Weinstein, calling her remarks “inappropriate.”

When asked last week about Weinstein’s history of sexual assault and harassment allegations, the fashion designer stunned people by saying, “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 has given a full apology in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily.

“It was inappropriate and I just went off,” she told WWD. “I was exhausted, I was tired and — [when] it came back to me, I was shocked that I even said this myself.”

While sitting in for Glenn on today’s show, Pat and Jeffy talked about Karan’s latest remarks and compared them with her offensive comments from last week. Was she sincere in her apology or just concerned about her clothing brand?

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PAT GRAY: Donna Karan is also trying to make up for what she said in the midst of all of this Weinstein stuff.

JEFFY: Good luck.

PAT: Which was, eh, women are asking for it. Look how they're dressed.

So you can imagine people did not appreciate that, especially women didn't appreciate it. I didn't appreciate it. It was so stupid.

JEFFY: Yes. She knows better. Maybe she doesn't. But, I mean, she should know better.

PAT: Yesterday, she said she's apologetic from the bottom of her heart.

JEFFY: I bet she is.

PAT: She's embarrassed about the stupid remark that she made. Yeah, it's probably hurting her business, which I think she sold to some other company, right?

JEFFY: Yeah, she wasn't -- yeah, I don't think she's actually been running Donna Karan for a while. But it's still her name. And, man, that's worth a lot.

PAT: Yeah. Oh, yeah. She said initially, how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it? You know, by presenting all the sensibility and all the sexuality? It's not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today. Look at how women are dressing. What they're asking by just presenting themselves the way they do, what are they asking for? Trouble.

It's amazing.

JEFFY: Wow.

PAT: So now she's saying, I made a horrible mistake. I regret it from the bottom of my heart. This is never who I am as a woman.

That's not exactly true. Because it was how you were as a woman just last week.

And then it affected your business. And so now you don't want it to be who you are.

JEFFY: Right. So she's going to apologize from the bottom of her business, I mean, heart. But she -- apparently in 2015, she announced that she would be stepping down as head of her company so that she could focus on her lifestyle brand, Urban Zen.

PAT: Oh, okay. Well, good. Good luck with that. So her brand could be affected by this.

JEFFY: Urban Zen and the Donna Karan line. Have a nice day.

PAT: Because, I mean, when you listen to the way she said what she did was pretty amazing too. Here's a reminder.

DONNA: 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?

PAT: There you go. Now, does that sound like the way she said, she never acted before as a woman? Because she seemed pretty comfortable with those comments at the time.

JEFFY: Yes, she did.

PAT: Of course, she regrets it now.

On the morning of Aug. 15, Asma was a free woman in Kabul. She wore Western clothes. Traveled safely alone. Attended college in a neighboring country with the money her parents had saved. By that evening, her entire world had changed.

For the first time in her life, Asma was confronted with the reality of the Taliban. The horror stories she heard growing up were no longer the nightmare of her parents' generation. They were hers, too. Faced with the impossible decision to stay with her family and risk imminent torture or death, she chose to live, and take on the Taliban face-to-face.

Asma's bravery also led to the rescue of over 150 Afghan college women. She tells Glenn she was willing to die before she let the Taliban take her or the other women. But she didn't do it alone. Her sister Azada, helplessly watching the horror unfold from the U.S., quickly turned to her father's contact list. What follows is a miracle evacuation story that ends with a sisters' reunion and hope for a new future. These brave Afghan sisters have a message for those in their home country still trapped, for the leaders of this country, and for the men and women in uniform (and their families) who may believe the American sacrifices for Afghanistan were in vain.

Finally, a note about the other heroes in the rescue story. The movement of the seven buses of college women into the Kabul airport was a chain with about 8-10 links. Had any one of those links not been present or broken, the young women would not have made it into the airport for evacuation, and three young women taken by the Taliban would not have been recovered.

Glenn and his team would like to give a special thanks to Francisco from Arcis International, Wade and Jim from Commercial Task Force, Blaine from E3 Ranch Foundation, Michael and his crew from Kam Air, No One Left Behind, Samaritan's Purse, and Charmaine, Chris, Geno, John, Lori, Rob, Rudy & the Ground Team from The Nazarene Fund.

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