John Galliano has been fired by Christian Dior. Company C.E.O. Sidney Toledano, who is of Jewish heritage, called Galliano’s behavior “odious”and said in a statement, “I unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano, which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior.” Notwithstanding its sudden lack of a creative director, Dior intends to go ahead with its fashion show this Friday, 4th of March 2011. A spokesperson for John Galliano‘s namesake fashion brand, which is financially backed by Dior, says that Galliano‘s show on Sunday (6th March 2011) will go ahead.
A video surfaced yesterday in which a very drunk Galliano says, “I love Hitler,” and talks about all the people, “your mothers, your forefathers,” who should be “gassed.”
At the Oscars, Natalie Portman — who recently became the face of Miss Dior Chérie perfume, did notwear a Dior dress but a Rodarte one. Portman released a statement last night that read: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. 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.”
As for his ongoing legal fight, Galliano yesterday went to police headquarters in the neighborhood where he is alleged to have screamed racial and anti-Semitic epithets during three separate incidents. He arrived around 2 p.m., and waded through a crowd of photographers and reporters accompanied by his lawyer. Police had previously announced that Galliano was to be interviewed face-to-face with two of his accusers, Géraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgitti. The designer left the station around 7 p.m. He made no statements to the press, but his lawyer did say that Galliano “never made an anti-Semitic remark in more than ten years at Dior.”
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