Following the death of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday, people around the world have sacrificed condolences and praise for the legend in social media. "The Good Place" actress Jameela Jamil was not one of those people.
"An unscrupulous, fat-phobic misogynist should not be posted as a saint from the Internet who has gone too early, certainly talented but not the best person," Jamil said on Twitter Tuesday. She contributed an article in the magazine We Are Your Voice that outlined some of the designer's controversial comments over the years.
Chanel's longtime creative director, Fendi, and his own label, Karl Lagerfeld, died earlier this week at the age of 85 years ago, the Chanel fashion house in Paris confirmed CBS News onHe was revered as one of the most influential designers in the world, and called him an "incomparable interpreter of the mood of the moment".
Lagerfeld, born in Germany, was often a polarizing figure.
He told Numero magazine that he was "sick of" the #Metoo movement last spring. "If you do not want your pants pulled around, you will not be a model! Join a nunnery, there's always room for you in the monastery, you even recruit!" The designer continued. In 2012, he also told Metro
. Lagerfeld's statements on refugees were also not well received by many. In 2017 he spoke in a French talk show about the then open migration policy in Germany. "I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and said after four days," The biggest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust, "the designer said, according to the Guardian.
While many of Jamil's comments on Twitter, Model Carried and Lagerfeld's Muse Cara Delevingne devoted herself to commenting on a series of tweets that defended her longtime friend.
"It deeply saddens me that someone was hurt, that I would not tolerate it. It's not possible to go through life without hurting people, Delevingne said on Wednesday morning on Twitter . "He was not a saint, he's a human like all of us who made mistakes, and we should all have a chance to forgive."
The celebrities continued a discussion on Twitter about the icon that was later adopted by Jamil in a positive way. "This is a really interesting thread between two people with very different views who are not trying to win or being rude, but merely appealing to others' empathy. About Karl Lagerfeld ," Jamil tweeted.