I am not shocked in the slightest that John Galliano was fired from Dior last week, after making anti-Semitic and racist remarks in a drunken rant. The flamboyant British designer was filmed in a bar in Paris and declared: “I Love Hitler.”
Galliano has been creative director of the haute couture French fashion house for fifteen years, and is now under police investigation, following the outrageous remarks he made.
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He was being filmed by two women, one being famed art historian Geraldine Bloch, and went on to say: “People like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers would be fucking gassed and dead.”
And as if it couldn’t get any worse for the man famed for breaking all the rules in fashion, it suddenly all fell apart for him when Bloch alleged that Galliano grabbed her hair and screamed “dirty Jew face, you should be dead.”
Not only does he apparently not like Jewish people, it also became clear that Galliano doesn’t like cheap shoe’s either, telling Bloch: “I can’t bear looking at you. You’re wearing cheap boots.” Bizarre!
And then Galliano sashayed out of the bar, as if he was on the catwalk.
Dior declared that they have a “zero tolerance” policy towards anti-Semitism, and it’s assumed that on Friday Galliano was let go. And I’m glad they dealt with it in an appropriate manner and didn’t drag this out for months on end.
“Because of the particularly odious character of the behaviour and comments by John Galliano in a video made public on Monday, The Dior house decided to suspend him immediately and has engaged in a process to dismiss him,” a statement said.
And if that that didn’t make him look like a jackass enough, a separate complaint was filed by another women on Saturday for similar behaviour in October.
All this has come completely at the wrong time for Dior, with just days left before their show at Paris Fashion Week is meant to run, and at the moment it is unclear as to whether the show will go ahead as planned.
Not only did Dior wash their hands of him, but now newest face of Dior, actress Natalie Portman, who is Jewish herself, has had enough of his behaviour as well.
“In light of this video and being proud to be Jewish, I do not want to be associated with Mr. Galliano in any manner whatsoever,” she said.
I’m not surprised by this in any way. I hope Galliano gets help, apologises and gets back to what we all want to hear about – Kate Mosses wedding dress.