Kenneth Cole Responds to Backlash Over Syria Tweet

Sep 06, 2013 12:22 PM  By

Designer Kenneth Cole, who created a social media firestorm this week after posting a tweet that some argued mocked the plight in Syria, released a video on Instagram responding to the backlash but issuing no apology.

The original tweet was posted on September 5 and garnered hundreds of angry responses and nearly 500 retweets in less than 24-hours.

Many of his followers took to Twitter to blast Cole for his “insensitivity” but he blasted back on Instagram stating that he has always used social media platforms to “provoke dialogue about important issues including HIV, AIDS, war, and homelessness.”

“I am well aware of the risks that come with the approach and if this encourages further awareness and discussion about critical issues, then all the better,” Cole continued.

Cole is no stranger to social media controversy, in 2011 as protests in Egypt were underway he tweeted “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online… -KC.”

He later apologized for that tweet and admitted it was “insensitive,” according to CNN.

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