John Galliano sacked following racist outburst

John Galliano has been fired from his position as head designer at Christian Dior, after The Sun newspaper released a video of the designer making racist comments in a Paris bar last week. (You can view the video here, but be prepared to hear some frankly abhorrent views from Galliano.)

Speculation mounts as to who will take over the reins at Dior: meanwhile, the brand’s Fall 2011 will be shown as planned at Paris Fashion Week this Friday, as will Galliano’s own collection, which will show on Sunday. No comment yet as to whether the designer will take his customary stroll down the runway at the end of the show, though…

The fashion and celebrity world has been reacting to the news all day, with Patricia Field releasing a statement in support of Galliano (possibly not her wisest move ever) and Dior ambassador Natalie Portman condemning him.

[Image: PRPPhotos]

12 Comments

  • March 1, 2011

    jesusofiraq

    @fashionpolice Galliano the fashion designer anti-Semitic (jews) comments Jews in Europe = Saddam Hussain of Iraq mention you end in prison

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  • March 1, 2011

    AcctgWarrior

    @fashionpolice It’s a pity. His gowns are the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever seen. No matter what he says or thinks, can’t deny his gift.

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  • March 2, 2011

    Bee

    Give the man a break! He was trying to relax in the bar on his own, and these pests come to tease him and hassle him. He was drunk and all we have is a few seconds of his comments, editted so we hear nothing of what provoked him at all! We hear nothing of the staff those nasty people said to him at all!!
    How could anyone come to any conclusion from a carefully editted few seconds????
    I am saddened and sorry to see years of great service and undeniable talent is ignored over a few seconds of foggy editted clip! There is a reason these geniouses need to be protected from evil fame seekers.
    Galliano, I love you, regardless what the mindless mob say.

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    • March 2, 2011

      Natasha

      It doesn’t matter how drunk or provoked you are, if you don’t think Jews (and apparently “ugly” people as well) should be gassed, you won’t say it. Absolving someone for supporting the Holocaust, just because he makes pretty dresses isn’t acceptable.
      Please read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust
      and think before you voice your opinion on this subject.
      Plus, we don’t even know whether and how much he was provoked, nor can you claim that those people are nasty. How would you know? As you’ve said, the video is edited, and we can only see Galliano’s nastiness. Btw, I am not Jewish, just disgusted by Galliano’s conduct.

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      • March 2, 2011

        Bee

        “and think before you voice your opinion”……Oh please, I think you should think before you reply to me! My opinion is my opinion, and I have the right to voice it! Are you threatening me here by warning me to “think before you voice your opinion”? You sound awfully bossyhere!

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        • March 2, 2011

          Terry

          No one is threatening you and everyone is entitled to there opinion so both of you just leave it at that please 🙂

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  • March 2, 2011

    Rebecca Cheers

    Firstly, in response to Natasha when you’re not thinking about what you’re saying (due to inebriation) I’d say a serious comedic misfire is just as likely as voicing opinions you usually would have, which I think is something like what Betsey Johnson is getting at. Unfortunately I don’t think a little alcohol is an excuse for humour in taste that bad.

    What I came in to say was that I love how you found a photo making Galliano look like a drunken, sleazy asshole in a pirate costume, which is pretty much perfect. Does he usually look like that?

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    • March 2, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      It was one of only two photos of him available from our image agency, and I’d used the other one on the last post!This is actually a pretty good photo of Galliano, though 🙂

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  • March 2, 2011

    jaynie

    It’s actually interesting how many people say these kind of things when drunk. Research seems to indicate that most people who do so have a sort of instinctive bigotry that they normally repress, either because they are rationally against such prejudice, or because they know its not societally acceptable. One hopes for rather more of the former than the latter, but it’s difficult to say without being a mindreader! Not keen on his “sorry if I caused offence” remark because it’s often PR jargon to say “sorry you are so sensitive as to be offended this thing I said” rather than “sorry I said something really awful and wrong.”

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  • March 2, 2011

    Amee

    Another incident of “I’m talented so I should be able to do whatever I want!”

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  • March 3, 2011

    Mair

    Being drunk doesn’t make you do stuff you don’t want to, or say stuff you don’t want to, regardless of what anyone thinks. If you’re a jerk when you’re drunk it’s because you’re a jerk all the time but know to keep your mouth shut. All the booze does is turn off the little voice that says “No! Don’t say that!” Saying “Oh, he was just drunk” is no excuse. If he didn’t beleive those things he wouldn’t have said them, drunk or sober. Frankly, a person can be a great artist, but that doesn’t make it okay for them to be a terrible person. It’s a shame someone so creative and artistic can be so close-minded at the same time. 🙁

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    • March 3, 2011

      Jaynie

      @Mair: In some cases, there is a very subtle prejudice — kind of like how white men are more likely to get hired than black men or women of any colour (in america at least) even though many of those employers support anti-racist, anti-sexist efforts overtly and are surprised when they are told about their hiring prejudices (often reacting by coming up with a plan to counteract said prejudices). But the drunken stupid remarks those people make are very seldom on this scale, so I’m thinking…probably in this case the racism is a little more overt.

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