Galliano Dumped by Dior for Loving Hitler
You'd think he would have learned a thing or two from Mel Gibson -- if British fashion designers who are employed by Paris design houses ever pay attention to what goes on in "the colonies." But John Galliano's anti-Semitic, Hitler-loving remarks got him promptly sacked. So much for playing the "eccentric creative genius" card.
When you're at the top of the fashion world and you throw it all away on ridiculous drunken ramblings, you're guilty of one of the most stupid career moves ever.
Esteemed design house Christian Dior announced the firing of its top designer and creative director after he was arrested and accused of racism for verbally abusing and hurling anti-Semitic slurs at a couple in a Paris cafe located in the city's former Jewish quarter. To make matters worse, a video was posted on YouTube showing Galliano drunkenly slurring "I love Hitler," and making other racist remarks in the same venue.
Portions of the video, which has been removed from YouTube because of its offensive content, can be seen in a CNN news clip.
When it came to the attention of what is arguably the world's most famous fashion house, Dior immediately began the firing process for their top designer, and chastised him for the "the particularly odious nature of the behavior and words."
"I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior," Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement.
Meanwhile, fresh Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who was raised by observant Jewish parents and is the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, issued a statement condemning Galliano. She said she was "deeply shocked and disgusted" at the video clip and wanted nothing more to do with Galliano. She stated, "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."
Friends and those who know him best say he was an eccentric person working under extreme pressure to come up with one creation more brilliant than the last.
All this comes just a few days before Galliano was to present his fall-winter ready-to-wear line at Paris Fashion Week, which began Tuesday. Although Galliano's designs have not been pulled from the agenda yet, it is unclear whether they will be shown without him.
Dior is the leading fashion name at LVMH, the world's largest luxury products group, headed by billionaire Bernard Arnault. Other lines owned by LVMH include Kenzo, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Fendi and Loewe.
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