Jameela Jamil comments about Karl Lagerfeld being a "bad human" has drawn criticism from his close friend and muse Cara Delevingne.
The Good Place actress, 32, shared an article slamming Lagerfeld for being fat-phobic, racist and a toxic misogynist , just hours after his death was announced amid gushing tributes pouring in from fans, models and fellow designers.
After writing the controversial post an upset Cara blasted Jameela for barely waiting any time after his death aged 85 from cancer, asking the former T4 host to "have some respect".
The model, 26, said that while she didn’t agree with everything he said she felt the need to defend the designer, because he wasn’t around to do it himself.
Jameela had written: "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."
An angry Cara responded: "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.
"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…
She continued: "Everyone has their own opinion and I felt the need to voice my own. All I want is for everyone to love each other no matter what. Just please understand that it’s an extremely emotional time and we must try use love instead of hate."
Lagerfeld hit headlines seven years ago when he made the controversial comments about Adele.
In an interview with international newspaper Metro, Lagerfeld was asked for his opinions on female pop stars.
He said of Adele: "She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice."
Jameela insisted that Lagerfeld, who also helmed Fendi and his own eponymous brand, had "hurt a lot of people", to which Cara said she was saddened to hear but claimed people "make mistakes" and should be forgiven.
Jameela bit back: "Again, we can’t chalk decades of abusive rhetoric towards minorities as ‘being human’ or ‘making mistakes’ doing it once as a joke and then apologizing is one thing, doing it again and again in spite of public outcry is a bad human. I’m sorry to speak ill of someone you love."
The model said Jameela’s words were hurtful and "not fair", but Jameela said it was impossible for Cara to understand the pain others had felt because she was "thin, and white, and incredibly privileged".
During the Twitter row, Cara defended Lagerfeld saying that Jameela couldn’t put the blame solely on one man, before Jameela then compared him to Harvey Weinstein.
"That’s like saying Harvey isn’t the problem, it’s Hollywood. We are all to be held accountable for our behavior. I have to. You have to. And we have to be respectful to those who have been hurt by not minimizing or apologizing for extremely unkind words from a *very* powerful man."
An angry Cara snapped: "You can not compare Harvey to Karl! Especially to me."
Jameela denied this was her intention but said that powerful people should be held accountable, something which Cara said she was working on doing.
The pair concluded their debate by agreeing to disagree, with Cara asking Jameela to consider the time frame of someone’s passing before hitting out.
Jameela later said that the pair were having a frank discussion to try and "appeal to the other’s empathy" and that she wasn’t trying to be rude.
"I could have waited a few days to say what I said about Karl, but watching the pain on here of the marginalized people he was so offensive about, as he was being glorified, hurt my heart.
"I 100 percent stand by what I said, but next time I’ll try and leave it a few days," Jameela then tweeted.
RIP Karl Lagerfeld
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