What once seemed impossible, has finally happened: Dov Charney, the man synonymous with both the word "pervy" and his brand, American Apparel, has finally been fired. That's right. Society: 1; Charney: 0. It's always nice when we score one for the good guys; it's just too bad it’s taken this long to bring the monster down.
Charney has been at the helm his company since 1991 when he started with the production of just a few t-shirts that he hoped would be an alternative to Hanes Beefy-T. Within a decade he moved into his current Los Angeles factory and, along with his title of being founder and CEO, he had a board of directors, a board that would eventually turn against him.
So why is Charney getting the boot?
Although Allan Mayer, one of the company directors, claims the ousting of Charney was one made "amid a continuing investigation," he also pointed out that, "Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the company has grown much larger than any one individual, and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead." What that basically means is Dov is being blamed for a company that's failing to make bank.
As of Wednesday's closing bell, American Apparel's shares had fallen 84 percent in the past five years. If we do the math, take into consideration the almighty dollar, stack it up against Charney's "controversial" behavior, then look at the timing of his firing, what do you see?
Basically, I take back my earlier score. Society: 0; Charney: 1.
Dov Charney may be currently unemployed, but considering his wealth from his empire and the fact that he has, for years, gotten away with sexual misconduct, he still wins. He wins because, like his fellow perv Terry Richardson, society allows him to do so.
Since the mid-2000s, Charney has been knee-deep in sexual harassment allegations, all of which are still pending, were settled, or simply thrown out. Despite being a boss who strolled through his Los Angeles warehouses in his underwear, referred to himself as a "dirty guy," and used the word "sluts" in reference to women on a regular basis, because, you know, it's not a derogatory word in his book, Charney has gotten off scott free time and time again, while those women who suffered at the hands of his sexual harassment and manipulations were just lined up and swept under the rug.