Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Natalie Portman 'disgusted' by John Galliano

Jewish actress and face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance Natalie Portman has dissociated herself from former creative director of Dior, John Galliano. Galliano was arrested after making anti-semitic comments in an attack against a couple in a French bar. [see here for further story]
Portman, winner of many awards this season for her role in Aronofsky's Black Swan, stated:

 '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'.

Videos of Galliano's rant surfaced on the internet over the weekend, showing to the world the horrific comments he made.
The video shows Galliano shouting at two Italian women, saying:

'People like you ought to be dead, your mothers, your forefathers would all be ****ing gassed. I love Hitler.’

Influential members of the fashion world have had mixed opinions to this shocking outbreak. Whilst Natalie Portman is 'disgusted', Vogue Italia Editor Franca Sozzani believes that 'Christian Dior without John Galliano would be a great pity.'

What is your opinion on the matter? Is Galliano's behavior unacceptable or is his unique artistry an excuse to ignore it?



Snore.Fest said...

It's artistic license is one argument I've sadly heard, however, I disagree vehemently. With the recent sexism comments in the Footballing world and ageist actions from the BBC, this is sadly another incident in a long line of discrimination. It certainly won't be the last.

Still, it is fashion, '... dahhling'. Ha.


Joellen said...

Love your blog, and can't get enough of Portman too haha. Saw you on the group I started on IFB, following!


faye said...

There is never any excuse for that kind of behaviour. Im glad portman spoke out about it. Good on her.


cleartheway said...

People need to reevaluate their values, in my opinion. This goes beyond being decent, or freedom of speech, etc. Comments like these are deeply hurtful and are, in no situation, appropriate. Christian Dior without Galliano can be a pity, sure. But let it be a pity, not an excuse for his actions. In excusing comments like that, you are supporting them.

Really meaningful post here. Thanks for taking it a bit deeper.


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