Jameela Jamil launches fresh attack on Met Gala as she shames ‘famous feminists’ for attending

The 2023 Met Gala theme honours the late designer with ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Wednesday 03 May 2023 07:22 BST
Related: This year’s Met Gala theme unveiled

Jameela Jamil has again condemned the decision to honour Karl Lagerfeld with the theme for the 2023 Met Gala.

Following Monday’s (1 May) event, the actor posted on her Instagram Story to condemn the “famous feminists” who were in attendance.

She wrote: “Last night, Hollywood and fashion said the quiet part out loud when a lot of famous feminists chose to celebrate at the highest level, a man who was so publicly cruel to women, to fat people, to immigrants and to sexual assault survivors. And all the women’s publications, and spectators online, chose to gleefully ignore it.”

She continued: “Suddenly your appetite to find someone’s tweets from when they were 12, has gone. Nobody has perfect morals, least of all me, but Jesus Christ we had a year to course correct here, and not award the highest honor possible to a known bigot…and everyone just decided all of a sudden we can separate the art from the artist when *convenient*.

“And it’s one rule for us, and another rule for everybody else. Last night we relinquished our right to be taken at all seriously about anything important.”

Ahead of this year’s Met Gala, Vogue announced that the theme for the annual event would be: “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”. In line with the theme, the accompanying exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute will “examine the life - and creative legacy - of the late designer, who shaped the face of fashion for more than half a century”.

The Good Place star previously spoke out against the Met Gala theme in October 2022, when she called out the German designer for the many instances he spoke in a “distinctly hateful” way, which she acknowledged was “mostly towards women”.

In a separate post shared to her Instagram Story ahead of the event, the 37-year-old actor reiterated her opposition to the Met Gala theme.

“This is why so many people hate and mistrust Hollywood elite liberals. Because of our rampant selective outrage and hypocrisy. If someone makes good art we turn a blind eye. Why else did [Harvey] Weinstein get away with decades of abuse?”

She added in a second post: “Watching people who preach social justice online, the entire media, and the people on social media *willfully* celebrating, and ignoring the deplorable behaviour of a bigoted man at the Met Gala who consistently used his platform to degrade women, sexual assault survivors, fat people etc...with no apology...is so laughable...could have been Chanel themed, instead of him specifically, or could have been a theme that celebrated other designers who were less bigoted and hateful? But no.”

Jameela Jamil speaks out against Met Gala 2023 theme
Jameela Jamil speaks out against Met Gala 2023 theme (Instagram / Jameela Jamil)

While Jamil emphasised in a following post that she’s “not saying don’t buy Chanel”, she maintained that her issue with the Met Gala theme was that celebrities “turn a blind eye” and “spend money/time on” honouring someone who “relentlessly perpetuated the very behaviour they demonise on the right”.

Jamil says support for the Met Gala 2023 theme is ‘a prime example of why the right win’
Jamil says support for the Met Gala 2023 theme is ‘a prime example of why the right win’ (Instagram/ Jameela Jamil)

Back in October, Jameela Jamil criticised the Met Gala’s decision to honour Karl Lagerfeld for its annual fashion event when she shared a black-and-white portrait of the late designer, writing: “Nope”.

In her caption, she said: “Karl Lagerfeld is the theme for the entire Met Gala next year. 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,” she wrote in the caption at the time.

Jamil condemns celebrities who ‘turn a blind eye’ to Lagerfeld’s controversial comments
Jamil condemns celebrities who ‘turn a blind eye’ to Lagerfeld’s controversial comments (Instagram / Jameela Jamil)

The actor included “receipts” with the post, noting examples of instances where Lagerfeld, who had worked as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, was fatphobic, sexist, and xenophobic.

In the second photo of the album, Jamil included a reference to Lagerfeld’s 2009 interview with German magazine Focus where he claimed that “no one wants to see curvy women.” The series of photos also included examples of the comments Lagerfeld made about women who came forward with their experiences during the Me Too 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,” he reportedly told Numero in 2018.

Jamil said in her post that she was “well aware” that it would “probably end [her] relationship with Vogue,” before noting that she was “amazed to see the entire Met Gala and all the famous celebrities and models celebrating someone who said this sh*t about women so often”.

In another slide, Jamil included additional comments Lagerfeld made about Me Too, in which he had claimed that he was “fed up with it.” Another post again referenced harmful and fatphobic comments the designer made about “thin models” and “real women”.

Jameela Jamil condemns decision to honour Karl Lagerfeld with Met Gala theme
Jameela Jamil condemns decision to honour Karl Lagerfeld with Met Gala theme (Jameela Jamil)

“You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly,” Lagerfeld told Focus during the same interview in 2009, according to Vox. “The world of beautiful clothing is about ‘dreams and illusions’”.

The post also included references to Lagerfeld’s anti-immigration comments and his admission that he was not “keen” on gay couples being allowed to adopt.

Jamil included examples of moments where Lagerfeld publicly criticised the appearances of public figures such as Pippa Middleton, Adele, and Lana Del Rey as well.

“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,” Jamil continued in the caption. “Why is THIS who we celebrate when there are so many AMAZING designers out there who aren’t bigoted white men?

The actor also questioned 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 marginalised people,” she said, before concluding the post with: “Sorry, but no. This isn’t the 90s. We didn’t fight all this shit just to throw it all away because some white guy made some pretty clothes for people’s skinny faves... come on now.”

Jamil says criticism isn’t about ‘cancel culture,’ but about setting a ‘precedent’
Jamil says criticism isn’t about ‘cancel culture,’ but about setting a ‘precedent’ (Jameela Jamil )

Jamil said she chose to make her feelings about Lagerfeld clear because of her political leanings: “One of the many hypocrisies the left is accused of is double standards. This is the exact sort of incident that implies that.”

“Mass outrage when people on the right make fun of Lizzo’s body, or refugees, or Muslims or interfere with gay rights… but when it’s a man who made pretty dresses that liberals like to wear suddenly it’s fingers in the ears and hands over the eyes…?” she continued. “What are we doing? How do we expect to be taken seriously?”

The Independent has contacted Vogue for comment.

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