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Jean Paul Gaultier: Galliano Not A Racist

First Posted: 03/06/2011 7:41 am Updated: 05/25/2011 6:35 pm

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier has spoken out about John Galliano's dismissal by Dior. He said to AFP, "Everything he has done has not revealed someone who is racist -- quite to the contrary."

Regarding Galliano's "I love Hitler" rant, Gaultier remarked, "With recordings, people can be made to say things that they did not say. They pronounce some words, but what is the context? The person (speaking to Galliano) seems very assured, knowing very well what she is doing."

He also told the news service that the entire situation is very sad and that he avoids industry pressures by spending time with people outside of the fashion world.

Gaultier's words are similar to those of Roberto Cavalli, who told the Telegraph, Galliano is "such a wonderful person. I can't believe that he makes some racist toward somebody, because he's so international...I think that somebody wants to try to be bad with him. I think la Maison Dior should make to him a big red carpet because he helped Maison Dior to be what it is today. I don't want to judge anybody, but I love John. John, I am with you."

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