Fashion house Christian Dior has fired
chief designer John Galliano this afternoon following an
antisemitic outburst at a Paris bar. Yesterday, The Sun
posted footage of a different barroom tirade, in which a visibly intoxicated Galliano says "I love Hitler!", adding " "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would
all be fucking gassed."
initially only suspended Galliano last Friday, before footage of the
second incident emerged. This decision was met with sharp criticism by
, who signed
a lucrative deal last summer to be the
spokesperson for Dior's line of perfumes. "I am deeply shocked and
disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,"
Portman said in a prepared statement released Monday. "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." As an added twist of the
knife, Portman passed on Dior and wore a Rodarte
dress to Sunday's Oscars.
This isn't the first time the fashion
house has demonstrated an embarrassing lack of cultural sensitivity. In
August, the company's "Shanghai Dreamers" ad campaign was accused
of "orientalism" for depicting Chinese models in monochromatic,
Cultural Revolution-style garb. Despite the outcry, the campaign was not
Galliano joined Dior in 1996, ushering in an era of sustained
growth and profitability within the fashion house.
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