Kenneth Cole trolls Twitter with offensive tweet about Syria

The fashion icon has a bad habit of using war to promote his brand

By Prachi Gupta
September 6, 2013 12:10AM (UTC)
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An insensitive tweet Cole wrote in 2011 amid violence in Egypt was emblazoned on a storefront in NYC (Flickr/mikest)

Apparently any publicity is good publicity if you're Kenneth Cole, who is trolling everyone on Twitter -- again. As the U.S. considers military action in Syria, which is in the middle of a devastating civil war that has already displaced 2 million people, the designer saw an opportunity for some ill-conceived, self-promotional wordplay:

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This isn't the first time Cole has used war to promote his fashion line. In 2011, he tweeted "Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new new spring collection is available online." The heinous tweet even made it onto a storefront in New York City.

Several people have responded with mockery, which, sadly, are all things one can imagine Cole actually tweeting:

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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