Crazy Talk: Michelle O's 'Big Black A--'

A Chanel designer's made-up quote was a major misstep. 

Karl Lagerfeld (Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images)

It's one thing when conservative critics with bad taste want to make their own inappropriate commentary about the first lady's body. We're used to that. But this week, a famous fashion designer has misquoted Michelle Obama with a "favorite line" about her figure that no one can even imagine coming out of her mouth.

BlackAmericaWeb reports:

Contrary to what a renowned fashion designer claims -- and just to set the record straight -- First Lady Michelle Obama did not refer to herself as having a "big black ass."

The media -- and blogosphere -- is buzzing this week after legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, 78, misquoted the first lady in a bone-headed, insulting and racially-insensitive interview with a Paris newspaper. 

"I'm a big fan of Mrs. Obama -- and her face, I think, is magical," said Lagerfeld. "My favorite line of Mrs. Obama is when a journalist asked her if she thought her skirts were not too tight, and she answered, 'Why you don't like my big black ass?' This is a line I admire. She got me with that."

Lagerfield's absurd misquote of the first lady took on such a fever pitch worldwide that her White House spokeswoman was forced to issue a statement saying Michelle Obama "never" made the comment.

The weirdest part is that it seems like he was attempting to be complimentary, so it's tempting to blame this one on a bad memory and/or cultural translation. Then again, he also called Adele fat and said that all Russian men were ugly in the same interview. Maybe Lagerfeld should stick to communicating through fashion instead of language? 

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