Karl Lagerfeld couldn't care less what feminists think about feminism

Remember when feminism suddenly became relevant earlier this month? Thanks to powerful slogans like “Free Freedom,” “Make Fashion Not War,” and “Tweed is Better Than Tweet?” I really did feel freer that day. Especially after I decided to stop eating and also being so serious and ugly.

Feminist icon, Karl Lagerfeld, responded to critics of his faux-protest, staged as part of the launch of his Spring 2015 Chanel collection during Paris fashion week, saying:

“I couldn’t care less if people are for or against. It’s my idea. I like the idea of feminism being something lighthearted, not a truck driver for the feminist movement.”

Who cares what feminists think about feminism! Feminism is his idea, after all. Also, lighten up!

All I know is that when some pretentious fuck tells me he’s got feminism right and I’ve got it too truck driver, I listen.

In conclusion, here are some inspirational quotes from our new Leader:

On being politically correct       

“It means people talking about charities. Do it, be charitable, but don’t make a subject of conversation out of it because then you bore the world to death. It’s very unpleasant… But I don’t go out a lot so I’m not so exposed to people.”

On gay marriage

“For me it’s difficult to imagine — one of the papas at work and the other at home with the baby. How would that be for the baby? I don’t know. I see more lesbians married with babies than I see boys married with babies. And I also believe more in the relationship between mother and child than in that between father and child.”

On politics

“I’m in fashion. Politics is not my job. I don’t vote in France even though foreigners here can. I will never vote in my life.”

On porn 

“I admire porn.”

On love, sex, and prostitutes

“I personally only like high-class escorts. I don’t like sleeping with people I really love. I don’t want to sleep with them because sex cannot last, but affection can last forever. I think this is healthy.”

“Frustration is the mother of crime, and so there would be much more crime without prostitutes and without porn movies.”

On women  

“The woman is the most perfect doll that I have dressed with delight and admiration.”

“No one wants to see curvy women. You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly.”

On Kate Middleton

“I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back.”

On Adele

“She is a little too fat.”

On Coco Chanel

“[Coco Chanel] was never a feminist because [she] was never ugly enough for that.”

On florals

“Florals are for middle-aged women with weight problems.”


Ladies and gentlemen, feminism!



Meghan Murphy
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  • Irrelevent dude is irrelevent.

  • derrington

    His bag says it all. Facetious prick

    • Of course it is dreadful, but men should carry more cotton shopping bags. They always forget to carry them, and use up more plastic ones. Not that Karl has to do the shopping, but that type of bourgeois fashionista might enjoy it at public markets.

  • In other words, those faux protest signs are the smallest part of his “unpleasantness”.

  • “All I know is that when some pretentious fuck tells me he’s got feminism right and I’ve got it too truck driver, I listen.” made me laugh out loud. I imagine that when Lagerfeld loosens that collar at night, he disintegrates into a million bats.

    That said, I couldn’t believe the number of folks I saw falling all over themselves over his ridiculous runway stunt on Twitter, as if it was some kind of wonderful progressive feminist statement.

    Nope, nope, nope.

    • Meghan Murphy

      “I imagine that when Lagerfeld loosens that collar at night, he disintegrates into a million bats.”

      Haaaa. omg I can picture it!

    • “All I know is that when some pretentious fuck tells me he’s got feminism right and I’ve got it too truck driver, I listen.” Also made me laugh out loud – brilliant stuff Ms Murphy!

      • Meghan Murphy

        Thanks Davina!

  • What the hell has he got against women who are truck drivers? Have any of you seen “Mother Trucker”,, the Diana Kilmury story, about Diana Kilmury who “went from being the first woman heavy-equipment operator in British Columbia Local 213, to the first woman Vice President of the Teamsters Union.

    Her story was made into an award-winning 1996 movie”. The above seems to be the international title, the original Canadian title seems to be Diana Kilmury, Teamster. http://film.athabascau.ca/fr/film/diana-kilmury-teamster

    And there are women truck drivers in France and Germany as well, and in many other countries. The postwar jokes about Russian women as unfeminine “truck drivers” and tractor operators are due to the fact that so many men died on the front (a lot of women too, but still, more were left after the war). This was also the case in Germany. Karl is old enough to remember the Trümmerfrauen, the women who rebuilt the devastated German cities http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%C3%BCmmerfrau

  • Wow, what a jerk. He manages to be both reactionary (in his approach to traditional gender norms and the family) and liberal (in his approach to pornography and prostitution.) I guess this shows that liberalism and conservatism might not be as far apart as people think. This guy does not even adhere to the principles that liberal feminists claim to believe in and yet they were fauning all over, because of some stupid stunt? How ridiculous! The guy is not even nice when it comes to promoting his superficial, anti-women views. But what could you expect from a guy who thinks that “free freedom” is some kind of political statement and profits off of women obsessing over their appearances and worrying that they are not “pretty” enough? Not much positive, I daresay.

    • Yes, liberal and conservative thought are very much different points on a line, while radical thought operates in a sphere outside of this.

  • I’m reassured to hear this dude doesn’t like raping people he really loves, though.

  • Sabine

    The man is a complete tool. Thankfully I don’t know one person, male or female, who disagrees with me on that. Lagerfeld is a self-important joke surrounded by sycophants who feed him the impression that regular people actually give a shit about his moronic declarations. I find it HILARIOUS that he picks apart how other people look…pot, kettle, black, anyone?!! Adele is a “bit fat” is she? The idiot used to be obese himself, something he seems to have conveniently forgotten…

  • Survivorthrrver

    Women do not need men to make them dress like dolls. He likes high class escort for sex? PIG. He’s a john, nothing more.

    So, he likes porn. Swell. PIG. Oink oink Lagerfeld is scary creepy ugly himself, he should not cast stones.

    Lagerfeld Who? Lagerfeld the Pig, that’s who.

  • This vapid piece of shit is indicative of the fetid woman hating and classism that is at the core of the fashion industry. I’ll bet there’s won’t be a peep from his colleagues about his incompressible ugliness.