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?