Jameela Jamil sparked a serious conversation about how we should talk about the dead when she slammed Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld late Tuesday. News of the 85-year-old’s death broke Tuesday, and while social media was flooded with positive memories from models and celebs, the Good Place star chose to highlight a different side of his life.
“I’m glad somebody said it,” the 32-year-old body-positive activist wrote, retweeting an article titled “Stop Mourning Oppressors: Anti-Condolences for Karl Lagerfeld.”
Continued Jamil: “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.”
Model and Lagerfeld muse Cara Delevingne was one of the first to jump to his defense, writing: “Seriously have some respect…You are calling him ruthless??? Are you kidding me? No one is perfect but you clearly don’t know the man so please keep your opinions to yourself and stop bashing people for attention.”
Later, she added: “He was born in 1933! I am not saying I agree with some of the things he has said. I’m very emotional and mourning his death and feel like I have to stick up for him when he’s not here to speak for himself.”
While many appeared to be itching for a cat fight, the pair politely exchanged POVs, with Delevingne writing, “I understand what you were trying to do and I apologize if I offended you or anyone else. I just don’t feel that living in the past and bringing up things that have already happened helps anything. Let’s move forward and lead with love. That’s it…”