Karl Lagerfeld sparks fury over Holocaust-related comments on Syrian migrants

This file photo taken on October 3, 2017 shows German fashion designer for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld arriving for the Chanel women’s 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2017
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Karl Lagerfeld sparks fury over Holocaust-related comments on Syrian migrants

PARIS: Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has sparked outrage by evoking the Holocaust as he attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening the country’s borders to migrants.
“One cannot — even if there are decades between them — kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place,” he told a French television show.
“I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said, ‘The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust,’” he added.
Several hundred people lodged official complaints about Lagerfeld’s comments, the French media regulator said Monday after he appeared on the “Salut les terriens!” (Hello Earthlings!) talkshow on the C8 channel on Saturday.
The veteran Chanel designer, who was born in Hamburg just as Adolf Hitler came to power, had earlier lambasted Merkel for taking more than one million asylum seekers since the migrant crisis of 2015.
“Merkel had already millions and millions (of immigrants) who are well integrated and who work and all is well... she had no need to take another million to improve her image as the wicked stepmother after the Greek crisis,” said Lagerfeld.
“Suddenly we see the pastor’s daughter,” he said in reference to Merkel’s father, who was a Protestant minister in the former East Germany.
Lagerfeld, who is rarely afraid of controversy, said he was going to “say something horrific” before criticizing the chancellor for the “huge error” of accepting so many refugees from war-torn Syria and elsewhere.
“Look at France, the land of human rights, which has taken, I don’t know, 10,000 or 20,000,” he added.
The French TV regulator, the CSA, said it had received several hundred complaints over the weekend about Lagerfeld’s comment, and was looking at the program.
The designer was roasted for the outburst on social media, although some users also came to his defense.


US police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

Updated 17 July 2018
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US police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

  • Police tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short
  • It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down

CAPE MAY, N.J.: A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.
Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her.
Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what happens when you run away from home.” It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down.
Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Maryland, thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run.
LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.