Kenneth Cole Tweets Tactless Wordplay ... Again

Defends himself, says he's provoking 'dialogue about important issues'

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2013 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – It appears Kenneth Cole didn't learn his lesson when he sent a very questionable tweet out into the world to promote his brand back in 2011. He's done it once again, this time using the situation in Syria, rather than Egypt, for inspiration, Gawker notes. "'Boots on the ground' or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers. #Footwear," the high-end designer tweeted yesterday. And out poured the angry responses. One Twitter user argued Cole was "mocking war to sell fashion," another accused him of being "out for cheap shock value." But this time around, Cole isn't apologizing.

In an Instagram video, the designer responded by saying, "I've always used my platform to provoke dialogue about important issues including HIV/AIDS, war, and homelessness. I'm well aware of the risks that come with this approach, and if this encourages further awareness and discussion of critical issues, then all the better." But as the Atlantic Wire notes, "If Cole is genuine about the mission behind his otherwise regrettable tweets, it doesn't look like he's anywhere close to succeeding: The only subject his more controversial tweets have provoked people to discuss is Kenneth Cole himself." Click to find out why he's in teachers' bad books, too.

Designer Kenneth Cole considers a reporters question during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
Designer Kenneth Cole considers a reporters question during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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