In a rambling, hastily arranged press conference Monday, embattled American Apparel CEO Dov Charney addressed multiple charges of sexual harassment from his female employees by claiming his behavior was actually a misunderstood ironic commentary on ’70s and ’80s styles.
“But you know, clearly no one ‘got it’,” Charney said in a mocking tone, making air quotes with his fingers. “So y’know…” he chuckled, burying his hands in his pockets, his voice trailing off as he looked into the distance. “I guess, whatever.”
Waving away questions with a supercilious scowl as if he smelled something unpleasant in the room, Charney continued emphatically. “People don’t get it, see? When I’m, like, calling my female employees ‘sluts’ or ‘cunts’ or, like… locking one of the girls in my apartment and forcing her to have sex with me, I don’t, actually like… mean it, really. It’s more like ‘unhh, look at me, I’m some creep from a ’70s porno’” he said, adopting a low, growly voice. “‘Ohh, look at my porno mustache, check out these weird ’80s glasses… they’re so cool, right?’ You know, like vintage old-school sex-predator shit.” He sneered, chuckling to himself, “It’s not like I’m actually forcing a girl to suck my dick, right? I’m like, ‘forcing‘ a girl to ‘suck my dick‘ or whatever. See?”
“It’s an artistic comment, man. That’s my thing, you know? Real in-your-face stuff that freaks out the latter-day Puritans in this country. Like, um… Artaud, hel-lo? Heard of him?” Charney let out an exaggerated sigh, shaking his head. “Y’know, it’s like no one has read any books or seen any movies or anything. Lars Von Trier does, like, edgy sexual stuff all the time and you don’t see girls getting on his case. It’s like… just fucking read some Foucault, man. Read some Derrida.”