Kenneth Cole Caught in Uproar, But Give Him a Break

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I remember presenting at an awards show that was so badly organized and boring I couldn't help cracking to the audience, "The people in Haiti are luckier than we are right now. At least they're not here!"

This was in the middle of devastating earthquakes, by the way.

Am I proud of that remark? Maybe not, but dark humor is my specialty and I've done enough to battle oppression to be able to toss off some risque remarks with the clear intention that, "This is a joke! And it's not a joke against the victims. Not if you have any sense of irony or hyperbole!"

And so has Kenneth Cole.

The shoe designer has fought more causes than freakin' Gandhi.

He made it OK to mix merch marketing and sociopolitical messages back when no one dared.

He worked tirelessly for AmFar, for chrissake.

He actually gives a hoot about improving world attitudes and actions, as opposed to the purely self-aggrandizing airheads that are way more prevalent in fashion.

So when he tweeted about how "millions are in an uproar in Cairo" because they heard about his spring collection being available, he totally deserved a pass--especially since he apologized and took the tweet down.

Kenneth Cole is not the enemy!

That would be Mubarak.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/03/kenneth-cole-tweet-uses-c_n_818226.html

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Ron Mwangaguhunga
Ron Mwangaguhunga

I worked at Kenneth Cole's AWEARNESS blog. He was a ferocious supporter of human rights and the fight against AIDS. Cole never made a penny on the blog, fed it with profits from his company and kept it alive for as long as he could. The man misspoke, he is a tireless fighter in the good fight.

Nonplussed
Nonplussed

Well there's "dark humor" and there's crap gags; both examples are the latter. Ah well, no one died... Oops!No, Cole's an idiot plain and simple.Mubarak is his people's enemy but he's long been a best friend of the US.

Speedydekker
Speedydekker

Israel does not consider Mubarak the enemy

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

He was clearly talking out of his sphinxter.

Victorherbert
Victorherbert

"Humorlessness and political correctness are the enemy! ". All in moderation my friend - can't forget the gay community of New Orleans proceeding with their annual celebration (of what I don't remember) right after the horrific flood. Let's party indeed.

Saskia
Saskia

NaN has very little sense of irony or hyperbole.

NaN
NaN

"fought more causes than freakin' Gandhi." puh-lease

BJF
BJF

It was still a classless remark.

Movielover
Movielover

Kenny should get a pass. A good worker for human causes. Nice clothes too!

Roy
Roy

Humorlessness and political correctness are the enemy!

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