Jameela Jamil has labelled Karl Lagerfeld a “ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist” following the fashion designer’s death on Tuesday.The biggest names in fashion and entertainment paid tribute to Chanel’s creative director following his death at the age of 85.Cara Delevingne, Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Donatella Versace were just a few of the stars who shared memories of Lagerfeld on social media.
John Sciulli via Getty ImagesJameela JamilHowever, The Good Place actress criticised those painting the fashionista as a “saint”, who was as well known for his acerbic one-liners as he was for his high-end designs.She tweeted: “A ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist shouldn’t be posted all over the internet as a saint gone-too-soon. Talented for sure, but not the best person.”I’m glad somebody said it. Even if it is a little soon. A ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist shouldn’t be posted all over the internet as a saint gone-too-soon. Talented for sure, but not the best person. https://t.co/RK3Q9HilpP— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 19, 2019
Many of the world’s biggest names were on the receiving end of one of Lagerfeld’s putdowns, including Adele who he once described as “a little too fat”.He also admitted he didn’t like Pippa Middleton’s face, insisting she “should only show her back”, and said he “wouldn’t want” singer Seal’s skin.
PA Wire/PA ImagesKark LagerfeldJameela’s comments came just hours after animal rights campaign group PETA UK came under fire for posting an “incredibly disrespectful” tweet about Lagerfeld’s death, just hours after it was announced.
Posting a message on its official UK Twitter account, PETA said: “Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.”Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.— PETA UK (@PETAUK) February 19, 2019
A spokesperson for PETA confirmed that the comment was from the group’s founder, animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk.Many commenters responded, saying they thought PETA was disrespectful in the timing of its “condolences” and that such statements actively put people off wanting to be vegetarian or support animal rights.PETA had previously criticised Lagerfeld for using fur in his fashion lines at Fendi and Chanel, pushing the designer to defend his position in interviews.