Jameela Jamil hits out theme of 2023 Met Gala celebrating Karl Lagerfield
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The theme of the 2023 Met Gala was finally announced, and Jameela Jamil was so unimpressed that she publicly aired 'receipts'.
It's safe to say that the first Monday in May has become something of a spectacle, with celebs, designers, and artists flocking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the event of the year.
And, the Gala has had its fair share of criticism towards their themes. Who could forget 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' which, according to People, was dubbed 'blasphemous' by some Catholics online.
However, the newest theme for 2023 might be the most divisive yet.
Vogue reported that the Met Gala would be held on 1 May 2023 and that the theme would focus on Karl Lagerfeld, who died in 2019 and fronted iconic fashion houses like Chanel and Chloé during his lifetime.
However, Jameela was not thrilled with the theme and took to Instagram to comment.
She shared a black and white photo of Karl with the word 'Nope' written across it.
Jameela captioned the photo: "Karl Lagerfeld is the theme for the entire Met Gala next year. This man... was indeed, supremely talented, but used his platform is 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."
The actor then urged her followers to 'swipe for receipts' and she proceeded to share some of Karl's past comments like 'no one wants to see a curvy woman' and his response to stylist Karl Templer being accused of pulling down models' pants without consent: "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."
Jameela went on to say about these comments: "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.
"Why is THIS who we celebrate when there are so many AMAZING designers out there who aren't bigoted white men? 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 marginalized people."
She finished up by saying that having the theme centre around Karl would be a step back: "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."
UNILAD has contacted the Met Gala for comment.
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