Celebrities still have seven months to get their outfits ready for the next Met Gala, but the recent announcement of the event’s theme is already causing controversy. Why are people criticizing organizers of the 2023 Met Gala’s theme?
Karl Lagerfeld is a controversial figure in fashion
Earlier this week, it was announced that the next Met Gala’s theme would be centered around Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld, who died in 2019, was the creative director of Chanel and Fendi as well as his own label.
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He wasn’t just known for his designs, though. Lagerfeld was often criticized for his designs. His comments about women’s weight, Muslims, and victims of sexual assault. Many people are already criticizing the Met Gala committee’s decision to honor the late designer at this year’s event.
Jamela Jamil ‘Why Is This Who We Celebrate?’
The Good Place Jamela Jamil, actress, responded to the announcement. “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” online. “A line of racism, fatphobia and a hatred of the Me Too movement,” the actress captioned a series of screenshots of some of Lagerfeld’s comments. “Excited to see all the ladies celebrate this great lover of women!”
Jamil also took to Instagram for her thoughts and writing. “This man… was indeed, supremely talented, but used his platform is 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.”
She continued, “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.”
Reporter Kat Tenbarge tweeted, “Karl Lagerfeld defended the sexual assault of models and contributed to the stigma around coming forward years after an assault. He will be rewarded next year as the theme of ‘fashion’s biggest night,’ because there is no consequence for defending sexual assault.”
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No one from the event’s committee has replied to any of these criticisms, and it looks like the 2023 Met Gala will go ahead as planned. It seems that many celebrities may reconsider accepting their invitation.