Fashion World Reacts To (And Some Defend!) John Galliano's Anti-Semitic Behavior
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We have to say, the only thing more shocking than the video of John Galliano's "I love Hitler" rant is the fashion world's defense of it.
We thought Natalie Portman's condemnation on Monday would be one of many: "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." (Update: Daphne Guinness and former model Jamie King have both condemned the behavior as well--see below.)
Not so among his fashion colleagues, who in some cases seem upset that he made these statements, but even more upset that he was caught making these statements. (We'll allow that some of these reactions may have been delivered before the video came to light.) Is the fashion world so out of touch with reality that they'll excuse deplorable behavior by a designer just because he's talented? And eccentric? And most likely has a drinking problem? There are plenty of eccentric designers and alcoholics and eccentric designers who are also alcoholics who would not say such things. There is no excuse.
But some people in the fashion world are still making them, it seems.
(Clarification: the top five slides represent which comments readers found most indefensible.)
tyrant510 said on 2 Wednesday 2011 pm31 2:30 pm:
i think the headline to this article is overly simplified and misleading. the writer of the article is also very simplistic. i really didn't get the feeling that most of the people quoted were necessarily defending mr galliano, but merely showed empathy for him in this situation, while at the same time condemning (appropriately) hate speech. it's much more complicated when you actually know someone well, or are friends with them, as these people are. we've come to a point in this world where everything is presented as being black or white. as if you have only 2 options, to love or hate everything. what mr galliano says in the videotape is horrendous, but we should be able to have a thoughtful conversation about it, him, and the whole situation around it.