The comment in question attributed to the designer is over his supposed refusal to dress the first lady. “I have no interest in dressing a glorified escort who steals speeches and has bad taste in men,” Ford is quoted as saying. However, there is no attribution to where the supposed remark came from and a quick search won’t pull up any interview where Ford said those words.
“This is an absolutely fabricated and completely fake quote attribute to Mr. Ford that has somehow gone viral,” a rep for the designer confirms. “Mr. Ford did not make this statement.”
Trump supporters had quickly called for the Los Angeles based designer to be canceled.
I think Tom Ford forgets who buys his clothes. Bye. https://t.co/SUIKxoBZSl
— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) March 19, 2019
BEING MEAN SPIRITED IS NOT A GOOD LOOK. I AM RETURNING MY TOM FORD PRODUCTS. THANKS. BYE FELICIA.
— DrZoeGrey (@drzoegrey) March 19, 2019
Hey Tom Ford, you have the gall to talk down on Melania Trump? Seriously? Your husband is 71 years old. Have fun with his old cajones you POS! #DemsWillNeverRecover because of people like you. #MAGA #KAG
— Frankie Mcollins (@frankieknowskc) March 19, 2019
my nephew bought Tom Ford sun Rx, they were a piece of cheap garbage. Aviator frames that were warped and the lens kept falling out. When I told him how egregious and hateful Ford is, he returned them #MAGA
— JBird (@Jbird8) March 19, 2019
Which amused some on the other side of the aisle.
LOL the MAGA crowd is boycotting Tom Ford over a FAKE quote? Classic. I’m not sure they can afford any of his designs anyway since they spent all their money on Ivanka gear at TJ Maxx.
— Nadia Vulvokov (@vulvokov) March 19, 2019
The MAGA folks boycotting Tom Ford know he doesn’t make the trucks, right?
— T.R. Morley (@TheRealMorley) March 19, 2019
How can you boycott Tom Ford if you can’t even afford it pic.twitter.com/6VTQ8Qs5YS
— Zeynab Touré 💋🇸🇳🇺🇸 (@ZeinaZeynab) March 19, 2019
Trump fans saying they aren’t going to buy “any more” Tom Ford stuff.
Dudes you would have to sell your house & truck and then maybe, MAYBE you could afford a pair of socks , possibly a scarf. pic.twitter.com/MQfPCNYyqh
— Pochassic (@Pochassic) March 19, 2019
seeing all these MAGAts saying they’re returning/destroying their Tom Ford stuff 😂 pic.twitter.com/LO3SHjvfIw
— LT (@thechaslo) March 19, 2019
Ford’s non-quote went viral when someone on Twitter posted it in a since-deleted message. The same user then tweeted a link to a Washington Post article about Ford’s 2016 appearance on The View where he explained why he won’t dress Melania.
“She’s not necessarily my image,” Ford, who backed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, said. “Even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes… They’re too expensive.”
Nowhere in that interview did Ford call the first lady a “glorified escort.”
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