Everyone’s talking about the stupid, in fact, idiotic comments that the wacky, zany designer Alannah Hill made yesterday at the David Jone’s Sydney parades.
When reporters asked her what she thought of the recent controversy over Kristy Fraser-Kirk’s claims of sexual harassment by her former boss Mark McGuiness, the darling designer said, “I wish he’d touched me up!” She referred to him as “hot stuff”, and then sarcastically remarked more than once that she didn’t ‘get’ why Kristy was asking for $37 million from the retail giant as compensation.
Not only embarrassing herself, she dragged down poor Tasmania with her by saying “maybe it’s because I’m from Tasmania that I don’t get it.”, then laughs at her own joke as if she’s been terribly witty.
The thing that I think is just so pathetic and transparent about Alannah’s comments is, that even though she’s been very successful in her fashion career, she’s clearly still sucking up the *#*#s of her fashion facilitators. Given her range is sitting nicely in the David Jones arena, she’s not going to let a scandal involvement the rightful treatment of women, get in the way of standing up for her friends.
What does this say about how she values the female members of her staff, if she’s too laugh off someone else’s claims so bitchily, and so publicly? Does that not give a message to her staff, that says ‘don’t bother coming to me with your silly little sex claims’, get back to bloody work!”
And what does it say to her female clientele, who will be no doubt have their own stories of certain type of men behaving badly in the workplace, and not all of them, will think it’s funny or appropriate to just laugh off?
Choosing to show your sycophantic tendencies towards the people that make you money, on topics that involve the alleged harassment of a woman, is not exactly the role model label that I’d be leaving hanging out ‘conveniently’ for others to admire.