Kenneth Cole, fashion designer, dressed down for Egypt tweet

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, February 3, 2011 18:23 EDT
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SAN FRANCISCO — Fashion designer Kenneth Cole got a harsh dressing down on Thursday after posting a Twitter message that played on the turmoil in Egypt to promote his latest fashion line.

By midday Cole had removed the comment, which bore a “#Cairo” hashtag used to mark messages related to protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

“Millions are in uproar in #Cairo,” Cole’s Twitter message read. “Rumor is they heard that our new spring collection is now available online at http://bit.ly/KCairo.”

Online denizens emphatically condemned the tweet, many in bluntly insulting terms.

“Really, KenDoll — anyone who would even think to make that sort of remark needs to be taken down a notch,” a person with the screen-name ‘Zoey’ said in heated chat forum on Cole’s page at social networking website Facebook.

“Enjoy the virtual lashing!”

People posted mocking tweets pretending to promote Cole clothing or stores with light-hearted references to hurricane-induced flooding in New Orleans and the attack that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City.

“I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insensitive tweet about the situation in Egypt,” Cole said in a Facebook post after removing the Twitter message that triggered online ire.

“I’ve dedicated my life to raising awareness about serious social issues, and in hindsight my attempt at humor regarding a nation liberating themselves against oppression was poorly timed and absolutely inappropriate.”

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  • Anonymous

    Got to hand it to this guy, he’s certainly got Raw Story drumming up interest in his cheap publicity stunt.

  • Anonymous

    At least he’s not in denial.

  • http://biscuits007.wordpress.com/ skulzwerks design studios

    Kenneth Cole? What’s a Kenneth Cole? Deserving of an article on RawStory? WTF RawStory, slow news day? Really?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/NOZNKTI6HAEMMIGFGPGHPRYSLI DaleF

    Well what good is revolution if you don’t look good doing it? His fashions have light colors so the blood stains show up to demonstrate your revolution chic.

  • Spire

    And people around the world call Americans insensitive and self-absorbed.
    Kenneth Cole is an American Hero!!

       /ˈhɪəroʊ/ Show Spelled[heer-oh]
    –noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.

    1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities — Nope, what about the next one?;

    2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal — Nope;

    3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc. — No, not hardly

    4. Classical Mythology .
    a. a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity. — no;
    b. (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability. — No, not this one either;
    c. (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod. — no;

    5. hero sandwich — Getting warmer;

    6. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich. — Bingo!

  • http://twitter.com/ronariffic Sharona

    The Kenneth Cole tweet displayed such poor taste -almost as much poor taste as their basic handbag collection.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Progs. What can you do about them?

  • Taleisin

    “I’ve dedicated my life to raising awareness about serious social issues.’
    Just like Paris Hilton has, eh?