Reminder: Do Not Touch Women (And Do Not Talk To Me)

Let’s just get to it. Earlier this week, Gigi Hadid was picked up and lifted by a “notorious celebrity prankster” (#GTFO) named Vitalii Sediuk when she was leaving the Max Mara show on Thursday.

Understandably, she fought him off and he ran away quickly, but then he issued a bullshit statement that is just as bad — but in a different way — as his initial assault.

“While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion,” he, who has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about, said to The Hollywood Reporter. “By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram. You can call it a manifest or a protest. This is also a wakeup call for Anna Wintour, who turned Vogue into a tabloid by putting Kardashians and other similar celebrities on a cover of a well-respected magazine.”

Okay, great! Well here’s a few points to ponder:

1) He can go fuck himself.

2) Nobody cares what he thinks about Vogue or about high fashion since no one knows who he is, aside from being a serial celebrity harasser, and

3) Let’s remember to never, ever touch a woman unless she has explicitly stated that you can go right the fuck ahead.

So where do we begin? On top of Sediuk having already crawled under America Ferreira’s skirt, having already punched Brad Pitt in the face, having tried to kiss Will Smith, and having interrupted Adele’s 2013 Grammys speech, nobody cares what this bro is protesting. His legacy is built on harassment and abuse. He is not an artist, he is a disaster. And I give a million kudos to Gigi Hadid for fighting back after being violated by a stranger who obviously believed her body was his property to touch.

So I’m glad that Gigi did. But I’m not glad that dude operates under the delusion that he could/can touch women at will. Nor am I glad that his bullshit statement blames women for his own actions. Therefore, here’s what I think Sediuk should have said:

“I assaulted Gigi Hadid because I am an entitled misogynist who believes my opinion on fashion counts for something, despite my art being rooted in causing other people pain. I am delusional to the point of believing that powerful women like Anna Wintour want to hear what I have to say and that they care, and I believe I am so important that the Kardashians will be influenced by anything I say. I am garbage.”

There. So let’s use this as a lesson to never, ever touch a woman unless she has outwardly told you that is something she would be interested in. And while this is not related in the slightest: if you are a man and I am wearing headphones/reading a book/living my life and have not invited you to engage, never, ever talk to me.

Tags: Anne T. Donahue

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