Fashion designer Kenneth Cole isn’t backing down after a tweet he posted Thursday that drew criticism for making light of the debate over a potential U.S. strike on Syria.
The tweet, posted Thursday morning, reads:
"Boots on the ground" or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers. #Footwear—
Kenneth Cole (@KennethCole) September 05, 2013
Later Thursday, Cole posted a video on the online photo and video-sharing site Instagram responding to the criticism. “For 30 years I have used my platform in provocative ways to encourage a healthy dialogue about important issues, including HIV/AIDS, war, and homelessness,” says Cole, who describes himself on Twitter as a “Designer, Aspiring Humanitarian, Frustrated Activist, Social Networker In training.” Watch his full statements:
It’s not the first time Cole has drawn the ire of the Twittersphere. In 2011, as protests grew in Egypt, Cole tweeted: “”Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online… -KC.” He later apologized and deleted the tweet, calling it insensitive.
Here are some responses to Cole’s most recent controversy:
Mocking war to sell fashion? Really? RT @KennethCole: "Boots on the ground" or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers.—
Heather Whaling (@prtini) September 05, 2013
Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 05, 2013
Rebecca Martinez (@BeckyGMartinez) September 05, 2013