Transcript for 'Shark Tank' Star Barbara Corcoran Explains Controversial Tweet
A lot to get to but "Shark tank's" Barbara Corcoran has people talking about her controversial comments about getting ahead in business as a woman. It sparked a lot of backlash and she's joining us in just a moment but first let's take a look at what she said or tweeted that's getting so much reaction. I'll make you an offer. Barbara Corcoran is best known as a shark we love to watch on "Shark tank" doling out advice about how to turn ideas into cash as she did with her real estate empire. I have total confidence in you. Reporter: But now the titan is getting heat for a tweet. I find running a business in a man's world to be a huge advantage. I wear bright colors, yank up my skirt and get attention, Corcoran tweeted on Tuesday. The comments getting women talking. Like 30-year-old Eileen Carey of a software company arguing Corcoran is sending women the wrong message. As a millennial we expect to be judged by our intelligence, hustle, creativity, not by what we're wearing. Reporter: And joining us now from befrlsz hills "Shark tank" expert and the founder of the Corcoran group Barbara Corcoran. Barbara, thanks for joining us. My pleasure. And, Barbara, you and I have known each other for a decade. One thing I know about you, you do not mince words but do you regret any part -- is this sometimes the problem is, you can tell. Do I regret? No. Well, I totally believe what I said and I'm frankly a little bit surprised by getting any reaction to it. I think it's so obvious that if you're a woman or a man, it has nothing to do with what sex you are, you have to play up whatever you've got. I happen to have great legs. I didn't have the best face always or the best body but I had great legs so if I want to get attention and I still do it. I make sure I wear my skirts really high and yank up my skirt at the midriff and walk into a room and everyone notices me because I've got great legs. I think it's a great gimmick if you are smart enough to get attention. And I don't think that's sexual in any way but that's what makes a horse race. I this I a lot of people are upset about that yanking up your skirt because it seems to imply that you're using your sexuality to get ahead in business. You say you don't apologize for that and that flirting is a technique for you sometimes. It certainly is and think about it, Amy. What do men do? They smoke cigars together and get flashy by pulling in in a ferrari and wear a Rolex and play golf with their boss. They have all the gimmicks to make them different and part of the boys' club. Women don't do those things. If you're attractive it's one thing to build up your Numbers in business and get a tremendous balance sheet and then in the end you're judged by that in business. It has nothing to do with male or female but judged by Numbers but to get those you have to stand apart from the pack and will never succeed being exactly like the next guy or gal because nobody will notice you and you'll never get to that juicy balance sheet that every woman building a business is hoping to get to. You've written books. This one I love this title "If you don't have big breasts put ribbons on your pigtails and other lessons I learned from my mom" why wouldn't you tell women to use their brains instead of their breasts? Let me tell you something, if you're not using your brain, you're not going to succeed in business. It is not an easy became to build a business. You have to be thinking all the time and using every bit of common sense and great intelligence to build your business. That's a given. But assuming you have five people with equal intelligence working equally hard, the person who knows to grab attention is the one that will go ahead. Look at Donald Trump. Could you even imagine him if he was saying these sound bites that he's throws out there as if he were a woman. He'd be thrown out of the country. He is using the male macho gene all the way but no criticism on that. No. People with sexuality is comparable to cigars and male prowess and talking about a woman's physical appearance with so many trying to get away from that and say my looks don't define me. What do you tell your young daughter as a lot of us with young daughters are telling our daughters the exact opposite message. I'm sorry. I wish I would agree with you, Amy. You know how I love you so much. It's just I've lived in the business world my whole life and I can tell you that if you can grab attention and be different from the pack and it doesn't have to be in any sexual way, I mean, men will go out and buy a $5,000 Tom Ford suit to impress their friend, okay. They know they're looking good. They know they're strutting their stuff and it's a wrong message to tell young women they should look like the guys. I don't think it works in business. If you're beautiful let yourself be beautiful. If -- I just feel like you should use whatever you've got to your own advantage. I see it as the only way to get ahead in business. All right, Barbara. Still not mincing your words. Thanks for joining us, Michael, over to you. Interesting conversation. She's not backing down from what she said. Wow. Now to another interesting
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