John Galliano has been given the boot and it couldn’t be more justified. The decision by Dior CEO Sidney Toledano followed a suspension handed down to Galliano after he was accused of having an anti-Semitic and racist drunken rant in a Paris Bar. Soon after, video surfaced of another anti-Semitic episode in which Galliano made reference to Hitler and the gassing of Jews.
Natalie Portman, who is the face of Miss Dior Cherie, made an obvious attempt to distance herself from the fashion house when she wore Rodarte to the Oscars. Portman told the fashion house she would walk away from her contract if they did not cut ties with Galliano. She was quoted as saying:
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
Well said Miss Portman, I couldn’t agree with you more. In an industry that is all about creating universally beautiful products capable of transcending race, age and nationality as well as sampling and promoting other cultures, there is absolutely no place for prejudice. I find it both abhorrent and outrageous that Galliano, who has taken inspiration from all corners of the globe with great success, can allow such contempt to enter his head, let alone come out of his mouth. Did someone say hypocrite? It seems Toledano thinks so, saying:
“I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior.”
Once known as one of world’s greatest designers, and at times referred to as the rock star of fashion, Galliano will now likely be remembered for the small minded xenophobe he has demonstrated himself to be in recent days. Amidst reports that his Friday runway show may be cancelled, I encourage everyone to consider the adverse consequences of narrow-mindedness and to remember that we are a reflection of those with who we associate.
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