Jamie Lee Curtis cannot understand why designer Donna Karan would jump to Harvey Weinstein’s defense as the allegations of sexual harassment continue to pile up against the movie mogul.
Karan faced a backlash on Sunday after sharing her thoughts on the growing sex scandal, which was first made public in an expose in The New York Times last week, when actresses including Ashley Judd accused Weinstein of being a serial sexual predator, with his alleged behavior dating back decades.
“Are we (women) asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality (in our choice of clothing)?” Karan questioned in a chat with the Mail Online. “You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
She promptly backtracked after her remarks sparked an uproar online, and issued an apology on Tuesday, insisting her comments were “taken out of context”.
However, Jamie isn’t satisfied with Karan’s statement, and has taken her to task for even suggesting anything of the sort.
In a column about sexual harassment for The Huffington Post, published on Wednesday, Jamie attacks Karan for appearing to try and justify her pal’s inappropriate behavior by demeaning his alleged victims.
“Really? Is this how we have evolved? Is this what the women’s movement, feminism and, more recently, the women’s march has yielded?,” she wrote. “A fellow woman, one who makes her living dressing famous women in tight, sexy dresses and one who built her empire to do her good works all over the world, would throw these brave women under the bus in a weird, mean girl version of slut shaming? Really?”
The Halloween actress also touched on her own uncomfortable experiences in Hollywood, continuing, “I, too, have been subjected to my own private, personal versions of sexual harassment on the job. Did I ask for it? No. What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.”
Jamie does not identify her abuser, but expresses her hopes that having so many women speak out against Weinstein’s abuse of power, and other similar instances, will cause a shift not just in the entertainment industry, but worldwide.
“Perhaps this grotesque power play to ‘get some’ by this brutish thug of a man and the attempts by him, his lawyer, his board and famous friends to, once again, keep it under wraps and blame the victim will fail,” she wrote of Weinstein.
“Perhaps the truth will out other sexual harassment, be it from a governor or a president or a presidential candidate or studio head or movie star or executive or anyone else complicit in this billionaire boys club bulls**t that will come to an inglorious end.”
Jamie is the latest star to condemn Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior. The fallen producer’s frequent collaborators George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Dame Judi Dench have all distanced themselves from the scandal, while Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Beckinsale are just some of the actresses who have come forward with stories of their bad experiences with the 65-year-old.