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Monday, February 28, 2011

UPDATE - Galliano/Dior

So the plot thickens.

The Sun posted a video of another rant by John Galliano in a Paris cafe. In my eyes, it shows a sad man willing to say anything to hurt others as a desperate cry for help. I hope he is relieved of his duties and that he seeks out the professional help he obviously needs.

I think that Dior had more information on John Galliano's behavior than what they initially released but I guess they did what they had to do.

ps. Thanks to everyone that participated in the first post. I think we had a great diversity of views and opinions. I like it when this blog goes a little deeper than hemlines and color schemes.

Comments on "UPDATE - Galliano/Dior"


Blogger SAMO said ... (2:32 PM) : 

I absolutely agree...
So sad for him...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 PM) : 

Interesting, but sad. I think you are right, he was totally out of line.


Blogger madeleine said ... (2:36 PM) : 

I agree with your statement that John needs help. People that have known him for years have stepped up to say that he is not like this, he is not a racist, not an anti-semite.

It's horrifically sad to watch a very drunk John slurring his words of ugliness. (I adored what I believed was his big response to being pestered at La Perle Friday night - "your bag is ugly." And I certainly would believe that judgment.

Why is he going through this? John does have friends and people that care about him. I certainly believe (of course I want to, for whatever that's worth) that he is deeply troubled and needs help. Mental illness does not spare greatly talented people.

I did have the pleasure of writing orders for my shop years ago. His talent even with difficult backers was so great.

The video seems so absurd when you step away - loving HItler. It certainly seems like he is being eaten alive by some form of mental illness.


Anonymous elxoxodetuprima said ... (2:37 PM) : 

its not the first time in history that geniuses run out of control. he was visible drunk and that should be take in consideration. A drunk person does/says things against his own nature. I am uncondittionally in his favour(altought it doesnt count much), and I have jewish roots myself.


Anonymous Sam said ... (2:39 PM) : 

as more information is released, it seems that Dior did make a good choice, contrary to what I initially thought.. I didn't know that the problem was so deep, all that fame must have made it difficult for him to have a normal life, or at least try.. I hope he will get better, he's a great designer!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:41 PM) : 

C'est triste de voir ça ....comme vous dites sa va plus loin que des insultes c'est un homme malade que l'ont voient et il doit se soigner .
J'ai beaucoup de respect pour sont travail et cela ne changera pas mon point de vue après cette affaire .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:42 PM) : 

Scott, I absolutely agree with you, that what I immediately thought when seeing this. McQueen suicided last year and that is for me kind of suicide too. Thank you again for being here and for your blog!


Blogger Una B. said ... (2:42 PM) : 

I think Jonh definitely needs some help.It's sad,that so many talented people,who create amazing things and leave their "fingerprints" in fashion industry might loose everythings because such kind of things.Whether he was drunk or not,he needs to take responsobility for the consequences.But i hope he'll find a way to move on and create many other beautiful things.


Blogger Kathleen Anne said ... (2:42 PM) : 

I think that the idea that this incident has to do with this mans underlining insecurities and sadness is a very sound point, and is something more of us should remember when judging the actions of those around us. We all do things for reasons others cannot see or understand. Hopefully this will give Galliano a chance to figure out some of those reasons and issues.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:43 PM) : 

I agree, I will definitely look at the video. Its sad that it has happened at at time so packed with fashion shows that rely on him, but sometime it just can't be helped.


Blogger Whitney Sherrell said ... (2:44 PM) : 

Absolutely. I hope he gets the help he needs, also.



Blogger Alys said ... (2:44 PM) : 

I really hope he doesn't stop designing, the Dior Midnight Poison Dress almost made me cry when i saw it up close, it's so beautiful. And I agree with you Scott, it's good to have a discussion every now and then, plus it demonstrates what an intelligent readership you have :)


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:45 PM) : 

I think yours is an appropriate and mature assessment. Sad, though.


Blogger Brandon said ... (2:48 PM) : 

really respect you writing this post.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:48 PM) : 

Creative genius or not, he said incredibly hurtful and disgusting things in that video. I hope that he does seek out help for whatever it is in his life that is causing him to lash out, but I cannot feel "sorry" for him after those comments.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:48 PM) : 

of course racism in any form is totally unacceptable, but having seen the video i myself feel that it's clear Galliano has only acted in this way due to having just too much to goes without saying that people will say ugly, hurtful, out of character things when intoxicated.

like the comments above seeing how drunk galliano is in the footage it does almost seem like a joke-part of me feels like both the media and Dior's negative reactions have been made too hastily.


Anonymous mll mag said ... (2:49 PM) : 

I'm ok with you... ;)


Anonymous hollyrobotic said ... (2:50 PM) : 

They say there's a fine line between genius and insanity... maybe this one's just skipped across it. Let's hope it's only temporary.


Blogger Aimee said ... (2:54 PM) : 

I'll reiterate what I said earlier...yes, Galliano's actions revealed such an ugly racist streak...I hope he seeks help to resolve his issues.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:56 PM) : 

I'm agree whith you. It's very sad.
John needs professional help.

Patricia nudeandchic.


Anonymous deColofon said ... (2:57 PM) : 

I feel sad for him but we can always choose not be hostile and we should never allow any type of racial comments!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:04 PM) : 

McQueen & suicide, Galiano & poisonous anger & rage: you'd have to be Shakespeare to unpick all this...not ends that either of them looked for. And the explanation must implicate all of us (and what we ask of Fashion).


Blogger Ana Degenaar said ... (3:04 PM) : 

Oh my! That's truly sad...


Anonymous karnit said ... (3:04 PM) : 

this sounds like a joke to me! feeling sorry for him he needs help he was drunk... that's no excuse for saying such things. It is unforgivable!!! I think he is gifted but for sure I will never enjoy his shows again, if he ever does any. It's going to be difficult to proudly say "I'm wearing Galliano". For sure he can afford to get the best help money can buy, and there are many talented people out there, who will be able to fill up his (racist) shoes.

Karnit at


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:08 PM) : 

@ Blogger In New York Paris Tomorrow

"Why is he going through this? John does have friends and people that care about him. I certainly believe (of course I want to, for whatever that's worth) that he is deeply troubled and needs help. Mental illness does not spare greatly talented people."

Your comments made me cry. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there in this world that suffer in silence. Only to keep going by using their talents and creativity, but inside they are tormented.

I think this world needs more compassion to those around them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:08 PM) : 

totally out of line but so sad that this had to happen wahhhhhh


Anonymous Mrkvs said ... (3:09 PM) : 

I think Dior made the right thing not because of his racism, but the design. Maybe this just gave Dior a rise to his suspension. I would think of this on Dior's place anyway. Though, as I understand, his design was selling very well on petrodollars. Bad taste meets wealth.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:11 PM) : 

oh wow,

i am not sure what is more heartbreaking....

1) that...its 2011 and people like that still exist!

Or 2) that I feel like I am watching a man of unsound mind unravelling even more.

He might as well have taken a poop on a table. His mind is totally ...gone...poof!.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:12 PM) : 

Now THAT was difficult to watch...

but, after the 17th time i decided that the last bit is classic:

-"Where are you from?"

JG-"Your @55hole."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:14 PM) : 

And now I love you even more Mr. Sartorialist.

Good for you for posting what needs to be said about Galliano.... he does not deserve one more moment of association with the legacy of the house of Dior.

Too bad such creative genius is inextricably linked to such pathetic ignorance. Disgusting.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:15 PM) : 

It is obvious from watching the video that Galliano is a troubled person. It is impossible to reconcile racist remarks coming from someone who is of Gibraltrian and Spanish descent. I also hope he is able to seek and get help and move on from this.


Blogger Claudette said ... (3:17 PM) : 

I don't think that we should blame what he's saying on mental instability. In my opinion, that would be escapism of some sort, to say that the man is only victim of his ill mind. The ugliness of his words should not be so easily displaced. There's no doubt that he's got issues, and bigotry is one of them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 PM) : 

I absolutly desagree with you, how dare you psychanaliser Galliano ? Who do you thonk you are ? Perfect ? Never losing your temper ? What do you know of him?Nothing,only bla blafrom newspaper. And you dare djuge someone ? Lola


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:25 PM) : 

I had a really hard time coping with the news of Galliano's racial slurs. I'm a fashion student and Dior had always been one of my favorite houses and I always adored Galliano and his work. At the same time, I am also Jewish by heritage and his comment were completely offensive and mean-spirited. I side with Dior for suspending him. I feel like I'm torn because I really did love John and his work, yet the racial comments are totally out of line.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:25 PM) : 

After having attending the Paris Spring Couture shows a few years ago, I was in full worship mode of Dior and Galiano. Now I hope I never see another one of his dresses again and especially on the red carpet. Nicole Kidman wore one last night at the oscars and I could only wonder if she too was a nazi sympathizer I mean that is how much credibility has been lost with this arrest and now video. He's a sad man but so are all the nazis. Why should he be given any special treatment?


Blogger LoveE ♥ said ... (3:26 PM) : 

When I heard about that I was heartbroken. It won't even be the same... :(

Let's follow each other :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:30 PM) : 

Alcohol can't be an excuse. When you are drunk, it's not you say things you don't really think but you dare to say things you really think, but are too ashamed to say when sober.
I agree to Karnit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:30 PM) : 

in fact this Sun video wasn't the one he was suspended for...apparently it was prior to the recent statements...meaning that it has happened a few times before that


Blogger tee said ... (3:31 PM) : 

There is no excuse for behaviour like that. Absolutely none. It's clear that he is deeply racist, whether he's mentally ill or not. I'm actually quite shocked that anyone could defend him after watching that video.
But yes, he does need treatment of some kind. For alcoholism at the very least.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:34 PM) : 

here is the video

i am pretty shocked... alcohol in the body is no excuse.... totally irresponsible..


Blogger jackie said ... (3:40 PM) : 

someone here mentioned mcqueen. we don't want to see anything like that happen again so i hope galliano gets help. his words are very hurtful, but you're right- maybe he's just so angry at the world and himself that he won't hold back and will say the most hurtful thing possible as a way of projecting what he feels inside. maybe he finally will get help and all this will have served to be good for something.


Anonymous Gosia said ... (3:40 PM) : 

Since I come from a country (Poland) that suffered greatly from nazism during WW2, I don't really think he should be forgiven of what he said, because he is a great designer and a fashion genius. Clearly, if it wasn't for his fame and position, he wouldn't be so widely supported. Anti-Semitism would be still anti-Semitism. However, I realize this might have been his mental illness talking and for that he should be given medical aid.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

Yes Mr Galliano is clearly troubled and Dior took the only defensible course of action. However racism is not just some personal pathology it is a social/political phenomenon and morally corrupt. The Third Reich was 'sick'- but certainly not full of ill people.


Anonymous Mike said ... (3:43 PM) : 

But to me the racial elements of his comments are only the tip of the iceberg... His tirade against ugliness as a whole is an indicator of some kind of deeper hatred... And a deeper problem of vanity and self-aggrandization.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:46 PM) : 

Drunk or not he commited a crime and should pay for it. His creative capabilities are not a excuse for this kind of behaviour


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:46 PM) : 

I didn't comment after the first post. But what I have found is: when an accusation, especially of such a nature, is made against someone like this, something was done. I agreed with Dior's decision because it was a way to handle a situation that was neither black or white. Yes, drink cause us to sometimes do things out of nature but it some times brings to surface our true nature or feelings. Whether the comment is against jews, muslims, blacks, or whites is neither here nor there. The issue is hate and no matter who stands up and defends the person, hate was used and caused damage.


Anonymous Michelle said ... (3:49 PM) : 

There are some comments here placing the blame not on Galliano, but on alcohol or mental instability. I can't sympathize with these sentiments at all. When I was little one of the first shows that hooked me onto fashion was Galliano for Dior. I've always loved his designs and his flamboyant creativity. But I can't forgive him so easily for this. I'm deeply disappointed that this happened, and I believe that Galliano should be held accountable for his actions.

I'm actually really shocked at how sympathetic a lot of these comments are. The video was truly vile...I can't imagine ever wearing one of his designs proudly ever again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:51 PM) : 

He said what he felt. 'In Vino Veritas'as the Romans would say. He is clearly an anti-semite. There is no doubt whatsoever. As human beings with hearts it's hard for us to believe these things. But, people say what they mean. When Ahmedinajad says it we believe him. There is no excuse. It starts with one ethnic group and extends to others. Soon it will be black people - same as Mel Gibson in his tirade first in Malibu, then at his Russian girlfriend - he made very horrible comments using the N-word. A bigot is a bigot is a bigot.


Blogger Yajaira said ... (3:51 PM) : 

agree - well let's see what happens!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 PM) : 

Look at this fashion world! We just lost second God of Fashion after McQueen, I hope this time it's not forever. Even if I can't understand the way he thinks, I still love the things he does for the fashion...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:55 PM) : 

Somehow many people manage to escape spewing such hatred, despite having the excuse of being extremely drunk. It wouldn't come out if it wasn't in him to begin with. Disgusting.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 PM) : 

As I mentioned in the first post, but then this is for Michelle: You've said it all.


Blogger DOUBLE D CHERRY said ... (3:59 PM) : 

Unbelievable. A man in his position should know better.


Blogger comme fraiche said ... (4:00 PM) : 

Now we have the "rest of the story". John Galliano needs help and I hope he gets it. Right now he has to own up to his actions and want to make a positive change in his life outside of the fashion world. Hopefully something good will come from all this that will make him a better person


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:05 PM) : 

Alcohol and mental problems or just problems are not an explanation here.
Racism is not a disease, and it is illegal so I believe he should take the whole responsibility for his remarks. His talent and genius shouldn't be an issue here - he is a fashion prodigy, but at the same time an author of anti-semitic, hurtful remarks. The first one doesn't cancel out the another.


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:07 PM) : 

When you are drunk there is no filter to your words or actions. Alcohol can help exaggerate your thoughts and emotions – but it cannot magically transform your mind and completely change your true principles or inner self. Can you honestly tell me anyone who gets drunk can suddenly turn into a Hitler lover?... I am sorry; Alcohol doesn’t not have that much power. And if these “drunken” statements have been repetitively heard before, and there have been more incidents…I don’t know how much “professional help” can help. Treating the drinking issue is one thing, but treating his racist anti-semitic views is another.


Anonymous Rebecca said ... (4:08 PM) : 

Thank you for this update. The video clarifies the situation for those who are fans of Galliano and Dior.

It is difficult, though, for me to feel sad for a man who cannot stop himself from saying such poisonous and brutal things about other races and ethnicities. While I do empathize with people who struggle with substance abuse, I cannot empathize with this sort of misguided hatred.

I imagine that Natalie Portman, a Jew and a face of Dior, is feeling similarly conflicted today. I also imagine that Alber Elbaz, an Israeli and fellow designer, feels some turmoil as well.

How disappointing and disgraceful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:23 PM) : 

It´s not a mental problem, it´s racism. Is It hard to see? So we can think about how it is to listen to these words, how it is cruel. So we can think about how it remains ugly, even when it comes from a famous.


Anonymous Kelsey K said ... (4:26 PM) : 

I believe that the truth of how you feel comes out when you are intoxicated, because of that the fact that he was drunk is no excuse for the horrific comments. As a jewish woman I am simply disguste. Truthfully feel bad that he has so much hatred for no apparent reason.


Anonymous fashionmemoires said ... (4:27 PM) : 

Mon dieu, this guy NEEDS help, Scott I agree 100%. I hope he gets kicked out for his comments and behaviour, people like him shouldn't be in high positions..or anywhere


Anonymous marcel said ... (4:27 PM) : 

I am really shocked to see how many people are crucifying Galliano.
Gabrielle Chanel was a well known anti semite and EVERYBODY LOVES her and her work , including me.
His rant was disgusting indeed but lets not forget that nobody is sounds that people here has no sins, they are all perfect citizens...please, give me a break.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:28 PM) : 

Some things are unforgivable.
No matter how drunk you are.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:30 PM) : 

I too hope he'll seek help for whatever his problems are, but I don't feel any compassion for him. The things he said are disgusting.


Blogger CDC said ... (4:32 PM) : 

it takes a person of substance to review a situation and his initial opinion, and have the integrity to adapt a perspective based on new information. you've been upfront with your readers and diplomatic throughout - much appreciated.


Anonymous catherineap said ... (4:35 PM) : 

This is all very sad. Is Galliano not aware of how many gays also died in Hitler's camps?


Anonymous Sophie Mhabille said ... (4:35 PM) : 

i am more worried about Galliano than the Dior fashion show on friday... but they are preparing the show without him!?? can t believe it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:37 PM) : 

I echo the remarks of those who have called for Galliano's accountability for his remarks and actions, which appear to have targeted several victims between Bloch and her companion in October 2010 as well as the video posted on the Sun. People of all backgrounds including Gibraltar and Spain, Germany and Israel, China and the US can be guilty of bigotry. What also comes through to me from the video is the delusion of grandeur that fashion creates, where a fashion crime such as being ugly or wearing low end items makes Galliano think he is above everyone. He is absurd, a laughable clown. I'm sure with his money he has access to all the mental and substance abuse treatment he might want.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:41 PM) : 

In total agreement with Karnit and Claudette. Galliano's "mental lapse" and/or drunkenness is no excuse for his offensive remarks. Jesus, I think I've been more inebriated than that at some point in my life and never managed to pull out such racist bullshit!
I enjoy his genius as much as the next fashion-lover but am not so blinded by it that I mistake bigotry for, sniff, "sadness".


Blogger Photographista said ... (4:43 PM) : 

when I watched the video I was so sad. I don't know why, but what he sad was a big blow to me. I am really disappointed, I never thought that person of such talent could do something like that.


Blogger CDC said ... (4:45 PM) : 

I also feel compelled to add that, by the way, a person's actions aren't absolved by alcohol. The consumption of booze is a choice, readers - thereby making the person who has chosen to drink automatically responsible for their actions. I don't have the details on this specific circumstance, but I have never believed in scapegoating a terrible action or racial slurs on alcohol alone. In regards to inebriation, it takes two to tango - the person who picks up the drink is and should be irretrievably tangled into whatever dance may come after consumption.

That said, without condoning Mr. Galliano's actions, I have compassion for his lack of love and respect for other races and religions, as towards himself. The only way we can make this a better place is if we wish for the broken souls to mend their perspectives and seek help. Anger for anger is useless and in the end, futile.


Anonymous The Dame said ... (4:46 PM) : 

As the saying goes: "love me when I least deserve it, because that is when I need it the most"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:52 PM) : 

Well, it's unfortunate that so many see the need to apologize for his behavior by blaming drunkeness, stress, or some kind of mental illness. I don't see the reason being much more than he's a racist, anti-semitic bigot. The world is filled with them so he's not unusual and shouldn't have people making excuses for him. His problem is having a screwed-up ideology and feeling free enough to express it at will.

So far our world has not developed the pills or therapies that could cure anyone of those ideologies, so he likely won't be getting the help he needs.

What I wonder now is how many people already knew this about him, and how much had been done to protect him in the past.


Anonymous Maria said ... (5:02 PM) : 

@anonymous 4:52 PM

I totally agree with you.

We need to talk more about this problems.


Anonymous Mauritz said ... (5:06 PM) : 

Galliano "racist"? Not so.

I'm German and my mother was raised Jewish so that supposedly makes me Jewish too. But to look at either of us, we can't be told from others here in Germany (light eyes and hair, etc). What "race" am I?

What "race" is Dior's face, Natalie Portman? She may be Jewish, but she actually is Caucasian; European. The only Jews who are "ethnic" Jews are those who are predominantly Semitic, which most Jews in Europe are not. So don't let us call this "racism" or "against an ethnicity" when it is no such thing. It seems to me that is a stratagem to make someone's dislikes pathological.

It was foolish for Galliano to publicly say such, but all of us dislike one or another group of people, even those here on Sartorialist who profess to be morally superior and lacking any negative views. And being intolerant of those we think of as intolerant is still intolerance, no better.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:32 PM) : 

To Mauritz:
You identify one issue while missing the pertinent one. You are right thta everyone has negative views of another group. However, you fail to see that the law in Europe regulates such hate speech based on religion, national origin, or what are known as "protected categories" and thus, what Galliano did, making derogatory remarks regarding people he perceived to Jews and Asians was against the law.

I question the purpose and merit of your argument that most Jews are not semites. Check the recent NYT article that showed research that the genealogical makeup of Jews (those Caucasian European ones who make up the majority) have great similarity to the makeup of their forebears in the Middle East as opposed to those with whom they may have crossed paths over the intervening centuries.

All beside the point. Even if you don't see it, Dior and many others do see hate speech as 1.morally opprobrious and 2. against the law.
Others see it as a pathology. That is less important than one and two. The prevalence of genocide and hate crimes around the world and throughout history shows the need for some regulation and adjudication of incidents as petty as those perpetrated by Galliano.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:33 PM) : 

He professes to love Hitler so much though in his ignorance fails to acknowledge that as an openly gay man, he too would have been attacked in Nazi Europe. Fool.

To Mauritz: So it's ok for Galliano to make these remarks, singling out a group of people (whether "ethnic looking Jews" or not) that Hitler would have exterminated?
This is not the same as choosing this season's model. It's not a "dislike" based on looks. It's a dislike of a cultural group. And please speak for yourself when you say "we ALL dislike one group of people or another". Ridiculous.


Anonymous gallianoshouldspeak said ... (5:35 PM) : 

No no no, Scott. First you were about the only sensible person in the industry to 'defend' him and now this??? Judging is easy when you take the high ground.


The man was drunk, agreed he did utter impromper and hurtful remarks. He was clearly provoked -listen to the guy holding the camera- by 'peace loving' cafe goers and at the end of the day, he was just... MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS.

You cannot decree he is sad or your readers call him 'sick/malade'.

He has to right this wrong.

The industry is tough, you know it, yet it is tougher when your 'peers' turn your back on without even listening or waiting for your defense. He cannot be presummed guilty, if NO ONE has heard his explanation.

Shame on you. I love your work, but this FOUCAULT Pendulum attitude is not good.

#TeamGalliano HEAR HIM OUT!


Blogger Catherine said ... (5:35 PM) : 

Mauritz - I have to disagree with you completely. When he says something like, "Dirty Jewish face", I would be more willing than not to bet that he was calling upon stereotypically "ethnic Jewish" traits- not to mention his extremely insensitive remarks about the holocaust. Arguing whether or not Mr. Galliano is "racist" is merely arguing semantics (that are still debated by scholars). His repeated statements against a historically disenfranchised group of people are wrong, plain and simple, & it doesn't matter how many Jewish people in Europe have blonde hair.

I hardly think that Mr. Schuman is being intolerant of Galliano by saying that he needs to seek help. He (as many other commenters, and myself included) realize that his remarks, especially made while drunk, are symptoms of some sort of inner demon that he's harboring - something that all of us, as humans, are subject to. Simply discussing, even criticizing his remarks does not make anyone here "intolerant", at least not in the same sense that he is intolerant. Honestly I think most of us are really sad to see such a great designer destroy his career, more than anything.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:36 PM) : 

I find this very upsetting. I had always thought of Galliano as an inspirational designer and I had admired his designs. I was so shocked to read this article about the disgusting things that he said.
I think Dior did the right thing to suspend Galliano. What he said could greatly affect the company. It definitely changes my feelings about Dior.


Blogger Myko said ... (5:37 PM) : 

Seems to be a lot of madness beneath all the glitz and glamour.

It's sad and I hope he gets the rest/help he needs.

Myko @


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:51 PM) : 

i also find this whole situation completely shocking. alcohol tends to loosen one's tongue... so being drunk is no excuse nor is being mentally ill. what john galliano said was hurtful to those specific people and to thousands of people who have been persecuted for their heritage. the man may need treatment for mental illness or alcoholism and he should get it, but he should not be allowed to hide behind it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 PM) : 

a great article about it. i'm sad tonight!


Anonymous no Genius said ... (5:54 PM) : 

Seriously. Genius or not. Who cares. All of these mitigating makes me sick. I bet that you don't feel so sad for Mel Gibsson. Genius my ...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:58 PM) : 

As hateful and vile as his comments were, it's a greater crime that Galliano's thoughts and words are criminalized.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:05 PM) : 

problems with alcohol may require professional help......unfortunately, racism and stupidity exist in this world, no matter how talented an individual may be!

many people here are being very very nice about galliano's totally unacceptable opinions, whether or not he has a substance abuse problem.....


Anonymous anghjula mattei said ... (6:06 PM) : 

I had never been a big fan of him, Moreover, I must admit that I'm sad too. I would have never thought that John galliano could have been in a restaurant or other, ALONE. This video just let me think about A. McQueen... It doesn' excuse anything, but I'm really sad for him...


Blogger juliajean said ... (6:09 PM) : 

I think that if this were a regular (non-famous) man saying such vile things at a restaurant to anyone he would get a drink thrown in his face. I think it's sad that celebrities have the excuse of substance abuse for instances like this. His work is amazing, but he is a racist. This isn't a call for help, it's disgusting. When I cry for help I don't do so through racial slurs.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:23 PM) : 

I wonder how critics are able to turn off what they know about the people they are reviewing and actually just talk about their work? I would have a hard time judging his work in the future without this clouding my opinions. No wonder Dior suspended him. This could affect many people's decision to buy from them who aren't required by profession to be objective.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:37 PM) : 

i feel sad for john galliano. this is a painful affair and a big waste of a great talent. i do hope he will recover from this public disgrace.


Anonymous Susie said ... (6:41 PM) : 

The things he said were absolutely horrible, but I am still wish I could hear his version of the story. Perhaps it's still a shred of shock/disbelief, on my behalf. The was really hard to watch. At the same time I wondered things about the tape itself, (ie what the conversation was like before the people started filming, why they decided to film in the first place.) I believe that people should be accountable for their actions (and hope that whatever the issue is here--alcohol, mental health, intolerance--that it is something that can be remedied for his own sake.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 PM) : 

IF we stick together, we CAN change the world


Anonymous elxoxodetuprima said ... (6:47 PM) : 

to anonymous at 5.32:
and since WHEN the NYT is an authority on jewishness???

and to anonymous at 6.23:
can you explain to me how Chanel and L'oreal keep selling billions every year??


Anonymous Bex said ... (6:56 PM) : 

Thank you, Libi.

Also, this in no way compares to McQueen so I am saddened to see his name appear within the context of what Galliano has done.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:16 PM) : 

I guess this explains Natalie Portman's Rodarte Oscar dress?

I'm sad that many people seem to be attributing his bigotry to the alcohol. I don't think we should excuse it in him any more than we excuse it in a right-wing American politician. Alcohol only allowed him to say what he really felt.

As someone pointed out, the fashion world is full of talent. None of us are irreplaceable.


Blogger Angie Muresan said ... (7:24 PM) : 

There's no excuse for what he said. None whatsoever. I don't care if he's an alcoholic or if he's mentally ill.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:37 PM) : 

A drunk Galliano was clearly set up by hecklers. This video shows nothing of what transpired prior--or how the conversation even started. For anyone to pass judgment on him based on this incomplete video is asinine. How do we know one of those hecklers didn't attack him with a gay slur--or insult his Spanish heritage? How do we know he wasn't defending himself? Ridiculous--and anyone passing judgment should be ashamed of themselves. This is blatant defamation through clever editing. Everyone is always quick to judge--until something similar happens to them!


Anonymous Victoria Regia said ... (7:40 PM) : 

Now, can someone explain to me how a homosexual person of Gibraltarian and Spanish descent sympathize with Hitler? Reality check, anyone? Galliano looks in the mirror and sees a reflection other than his own. What he did is horrible, and I will find it very hard to feel sorry for him unless he can come up with some sort of convincing, heartfelt apology. I can only imagine what his staff went through while he was at Dior.


Anonymous Victoria Regia said ... (7:41 PM) : 

I'd hate to be in Natalie Portman's shoes at this moment.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:42 PM) : 

I am a little bit at a loss..
I find the comments insulting, any form of racism is unacceptable, but it is not like he ended the Dior/Galliano show by yelling 'I love Hitler' etc etc.
He was alone in a bar, heavily intoxicated and it almost seems like people got advantage of the situation. The two people were clearly laughing and in a way were encouraging him to say more, obviously without letting him know that the camera was roling. Am I the only one to get this??
That is a set-up...the reason I do not know, but it does not sound fair..
It is not an excuse, but comments and behaviours should be judged when taken into context.
And how are we sure about what happened?
Video alone is not condemning proof..


Blogger CDC said ... (7:46 PM) : 

Mauritz, and anyone wondering; here is the UN's definition:

The UN does not define "racism", however it does define "racial discrimination": according to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the term "racial discrimination" shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

This therefor includes Mr. Galliano's alleged comments relating to Jewish descent as racial discrimination.


Anonymous carole said ... (8:38 PM) : 

I agree with you. It is so sad that so many people who have such great talent can be such sad and torchered souls.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 PM) : 

john galliano is not 'a sad man willing to say anything to hurt others as a desperate cry for help.' rather, the alcohol merely loosened his arrogant tongue enough for him to spew the hate and ugliness that so obviously runs deep within him (which is ironic as this tirade apparently started out against ugliness). he has shown himself to be a bigot. what is sad is that someone who has created such beauty, is so very ugly in his heart and mind.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 PM) : 

We all make a howler every now and then - some worse than others. What Galliano said at la Perle that night is not in any way defendable but he was obviously drunk and injudicious and probably didn't mean a thing of it. And irrespective of whether Galliano really has racistic tendencies or not, let's not forget that his political views do not actually affect his artistic work. To those of you who say you've suddenly ceased appreciating Galliano as a designer, hey, you're being just as categoric as Mr Galliano yourselves... And if he as you say is mentally ill and in need of help then personally I just can't see how getting suspended from work and publicly bullied world wide for something he most probably regrets would make him any better.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:13 PM) : 

I totally agree : only a sad and suffering man can say so ugly things.
But does he deserve a complaint and an interrogation ?
French law has become so absurd (I am French) that even a drunk man who is obviously out of his mind can be considered as guilty as if it would be a case of endangering the lives of others. It's totally delirious.
Galliano never wrote or publicly declared racist or antisemitic sentiments. He never consciously encouraged anybody to racial hate or violence. He was just patheticly drunk.
When I usually see a drunk man, I avoid to converse with him. That's what these people should have done at La Perle. Did they really think a drunk man's conversation could be nice and enriching - even if he's John Galliano ?


Blogger S. said ... (10:17 PM) : 

Drunkeness is not an excuse! What he says in his drunk state is just an indication of the vile things he believes. When he is drunk his guard is down and it comes out.

And to those who say he is mentally ill, what proof do you have? So the man has design talent, that isn't a reason to defend his hateful words and actions.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:03 PM) : 

jean paul gaultier would be a good replacement. he did leave hermes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:11 PM) : 

ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE!! come ON people--I am sure we have all been inebriated at some point and not spewed hate!

A good thing to keep in mind:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

- Pastor Martin Niemoller


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:12 PM) : 

although this is may be as you say "a desperate cry for help," anti-semitism is not a joke. he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. i applaud dior's actions.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:15 PM) : 

For someone to blame this behavior on alcohol is absurd. When I am drunk, I love everyone, everyone is my friend, I want to make people laugh, I want to make love. I absolutely don't go saying vile, hurtful, hateful things to strangers.

I only feel sad for a soul like this because there is so much good, light and love in this world for it to be poisoned with hate and ignorance.

He absolutely needs help, not because he is this genius designer, but because he should know how wonderful and good people in this world are.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:53 PM) : 

A man in his position should be cautious of what he say and how he acts. Because people look up to him as their idol and inspiration. But he said something that is unjustifiable and totally unacceptable. I support Dior's decision of firing him 100%. From his words, Dior has lost their reputation and respect from their fans all around the world. We should take this matter seriously and set this as an example, so something like this never happens again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 AM) : 

Being drunk is not an excuse. He should know his limits. I feel that Dior did the right thing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 AM) : 

totally agree...
proof that hapiness and glory are two differents things that dont always come along


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:29 AM) : 

A desperate cry for help? Hitler stsrted out much like Galliano: as an artist without civility. Sartorialist, you disappoint.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 AM) : 

I'm astounded by the comments above defending him on the specious grounds of "nobody's perfect" or "he's a genius" or worse, "he was just drunk".

His fame and ability are completely irrelevant. If a security guard at Dior had got drunk and made these remarks, would anyone be defending him?

As a society we have laws and standards of behavior. Certain views can be held and/or expressed in private, but we don't tolerate their expression in public. His behavior went well beyond these quite objective standards. End of story.

As a human being I hope he gets professional help for whatever the underlying problem is - as I would if it were the hypothetical security guard and not the head designer. But don't claim that 'special' people deserve some sort of special treatment. Those are not the rules by which any society aspires to function.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:35 AM) : 

I don't understand why people are rushing to call him mentally ill and insane because he said anti-semitic remarks. could it be that he was just drunk or simply...racist? Does one need to be mentally ill to be hateful? No.


Blogger The Ancient said ... (12:49 AM) : 

I think Galliano's behavior was deplorable, but unlike so many above, I don't think the behavior of an obviously disturbed, extremely drunk person says much of anything about what he (or she) really thinks.

Some people up the thread seem to think that one says, while very drunk, things that one inwardly believes but wouldn't say while sober.

I think that's all wrong. I think that many, many drunk people, who feel aggressive (for whatever reason, including depression and other forms of mental illness), strike out at anybody and everybody in the world around them with a goal to inflict the greatest possible hurt. (Anyone who has ever been in an unhappy relationship knows this is true even of sober people.)

If someone shows up with clear evidence that Galliano -- when stone, cold sober -- was ever, in his personal or professional life, racist or anti-semitic in his behavior, that will settle this debate.

Because all we really know until then is that someone with one of the best jobs in the world, having been accused and booked for immensely offensive behavior, elected to go back to the very same restaurant and re-enact the the original offense. That appears to be the act of someone in terrible distress, wishing oblivion on himself.

As for everything else, reasonable people will wait for more evidence, and judge accordingly.


Blogger kathrynnova said ... (12:58 AM) : 

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:15 AM) : 

i prefer hemlines and color schemes.


Anonymous said ... (1:20 AM) : 

It seems that John consumed much too much, but no one ever really says something that isn't already in their minds and hearts. Think about it: what kinds of things do people usually say when they are drunk? other peoples thoughts? No, they things they would rather not let people hear out loud . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:25 AM) : 

As someone wrote in The Telegraph, commenting on Hilary Alexander's views on the current Galliano news:-

"As the name Galliano is from the Genoan Jewish community expelled from Italy in the 16th century who settled in Gibraltar, and finally converted to Catholicism to save their skin (hoho) this might leave more egg dripping off the face of the creator."


Anonymous marc said ... (2:58 AM) : 

yeah, except it doesn't


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 AM) : 

Is it not rather unfair to blame it on an unsubstantiated armchair diagnosis of mental illness, when there are millions of people who are mentally ill and are not raging bigots?

But maybe being willing to paint a group of people with such a broad ugly brush is not coincidental to the desire to excuse someone else's contempt for a group of people...

The fact that he is misguided does not mean he is mentally ill.


Blogger Vicki E. said ... (3:11 AM) : 

I think it is odd that the people filming kept "teasing" Galliano, asking him where he was from and laughing. A drunken and clearly irritated man would only find this provocative...

In spite of this it is still wrong what he said and no excuse for it but I don't think we have heard both sides yet.

It would be a sad way for Galliano to leave the fashion world, if that is what this causes. Because then this is what he will be remembered for and not his designs


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:36 AM) : 

Is funny how easily people can make someone rise and then fall.
I hope that when all this matter get resolve, the media will use the same amount of time he is using to destroy his career.


Blogger Al said ... (4:43 AM) : 

No but seriously, why all this gossip?

I was shocked too when the news came out but really, now, who cares of all the things going around him? All the sad details? What's interesting in all of this?

He's an old, drunk man who needs help, the fact that he's called John Galliano doesn't make the episodes less sad or more interesting to see in a video like this or to be discussed just because he's Dior's designer. What's to discuss about here?

But of course that's what people want to see: people that suffer, and scandals, live broadcasted.

And it's OK, really. It was obvious that it would have ended up like this, and I expect to see much more of this in the next weeks (I am so glad I don't have a TV sometimes...).
I expect to see scandal journals, and low level news agencies to talk about it a lot.

But I din't think you would do it too.
It's not deep, all of this discussion. It's much more vain than talking about the cut of a dress, sounds like the worst Italian scandal program on a Berlusconi TV. It's gossip, and in my opinion there's nothing lower than that.

But of course it's just my opinion.

I just thought that you were elegant and respectful enough not to join this circus.



Anonymous Gigi said ... (5:33 AM) : 

Oh, i'm disappointed, i wrote a comment yesterday but i don't see it maybe a mishandling from me :( ... anyway, i agree with some comment: Scott i understand your point of view, certainly he needs help particulary to care his addiction to alcohol. But racism is not a disease mister seems clearly racist and and in this case only the application of the law is really necessary.


Anonymous Caitlin said ... (5:34 AM) : 

I agree as well. It's disappointing to see that such talented people can be so out of line. I hope he receives some help - clearly it was a drunken rant but it doesn't even begin to excuse his behaviour. Dior has made the best decision to help to retain it's reputation. Thanks for keeping us posted!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:07 AM) : 

From my perspective its sad for the people who have to deal with his "foolishness".

Regarding Dior's decision and the timing of it, we like to think that we "know" things. But in reality what we know is more often a small part of an evolving entirety. It requires a little humility, a little trust and bit of reluctance to judgement — on one side or the other — of the person or his condemners.

Obviously Galliano's life is in shitty place.


Blogger j'taimee said ... (6:29 AM) : 

Fashion is first and foremost a conversation - I think that candid and compassionate discussion of this issue, not even specifically of Mr. Galliano, is important. Fashion and art and music are so integral to the shaping of a community... this is exactly why thinking concretely about how to eliminate prejudices swiftly and with dignity are important. It's actually necessary.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:30 AM) : 

aaah well Al, gossip is a way of talking about things. see I am very sad to see John in this state - the same as i was when I heard Lee had killed himself ..( and i believe he was under the influence of something) its like these creative geniuses ( shall we call them that?) are there ( by their choice, hard work, luck etc...) and then have to deliver...over and over again. they don't live balanced lives...they don't have emotional stability...they are pretty crazy and out there and the comapnies that they work for have made alot of money out of their creativity and flamboyance. personally if John is drunk and anti-semitic..i actually don't care....i think the way the U.S. government has behaved in the recent two decades (or more) is as bad if not worse...
so really galliano's political drunk rants the week before his two shows is of no consequence. its known that nerves are harder to handle as one gets older. the fact is he got filmed saying it and that's what has cost him his job.
just think of all the truly awful things that get said in the fashion ain't a place of the kind hearted.....


Blogger Kharina said ... (6:39 AM) : 

It's a bit ironic that the past has come back to bite his ass. Gibraltar had a large jewish community that were persecuted during the Spanish Inquesition. Many of the Jews fearing their lives changed their names into Italian ones. Galliano sounds very Italian, and he is from Gibraltar. In the end it all bogs down to a troubled man with problems that need addressing. Dior should sack him, as he as gone too far. He needs a time out, desperately, before something really bad happens.


Blogger Nina said ... (6:42 AM) : 

It's so sad..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:21 AM) : 

i think natalie portman just said what had to be said about this....being drunk is no excuse ,e all have friends who drank too much including ourselves at a party or a wedding etc...and i ve never ever listened one of them stating i love hitlers or you should be gassed....john galliano has major issues,all that plastic surgery on his face proves the demons are very very deep....


Anonymous Lord Brummel said ... (7:36 AM) : 

Where was his bodyguard? Would have stopped him to make a mess out of himself and his career. This is a real run of ill luck for LVMH: so much trying to be politically correct, a few months ago Guerlain and now this...


Anonymous Marie-Christine said ... (7:40 AM) : 

Not very bright of you to think that Dior would take such a drastic step against their star designer without some pretty solid basis for believing the latest public offense. Not to mention there is a certain burden of proof imposed on French police to take down a complaint, at least they'd be bound to point out ambiguous areas and not. And much more so when our dear president is cooking the crime statistics in order to make himself look less lackluster for the upcoming elections. And more also when a famous person, pillar of French industry, is involved (which is not to their credit).

Perhaps a tiny squeak of apology for so grossly misjudging Dior's actions would be in order? Or are the standards truly double? If you can watch that video without gagging, and only feel sorry for the perpetrator, that'd definitely be a separate problem..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:13 AM) : 

You know what all this makes me think about? there is so much beauty in the world of fashion that is contrasted with so much stupid and disgusting cruelty and meanness at the same time.... think about it for a minute... Ahhhh, nobody of us is a saint - most of us may turn out racists/chauvinists or who knows what on some occasions... Mr. Galliano is no exception. The problem that I want to point out here and which I notice so often with regard to the fashion world (this particular case, including) that the world that its main goal to bring forth the beauty/esthetics/harmony is, in fact, rotten, cruel and full of sad, dissatisfied and lost, really lost people. Do you think that this situation might change one day?


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:21 AM) : 

I am sure Galliano is aware of the Nazi persecutions of not only Jews but gays as well. I think he definitely requires help and I think it is pathetic that the cafe patrons even engaged and encouraged this outpour from John. I am totally disgusted by his words but even more so by the people drawing him in deeper for their fifteen minutes of fame. When placed in context he is indeed a man desperately crying out for help.


Blogger Becky said ... (8:28 AM) : 

I'm shocked by your response, Scott. I've come to know you on your blog as a thoughtful, sensitive man. However, I feel the placating language you've used to describe Galliano's shameful statements seems to posit him as the victim in the conflict. Yes, I am quite sure he is a very sad, sick man who needs help. However, this can be said for all bigots and anti-semites the world over.

To blame alcohol or any prexisting mental distress for Galliano's inflamatory and truly hurtful statements smacks of the worst kind of apologism. We are all responsible for the remarks we make, regardless of any (feeble) mitigating circumstances.

I think it is also important to remember that the incident occured in France, where anti-semitism has been a notorious social problem since well before the advent of the Dreyfus Affair, and where the French government has made a highly public and wide-scale effort to reduce anti-semitic speech and actions, with PSA campaigns, anti-hate speech legislation, and stiff penalties for promoting anti-semitism within the country's borders.

I hold two passports. As an American, I know that Anti-Semitism may often seem a trifling concern to non-Jews, as our country is home to one of the world's largest populations of Jewish people, the vast majority of whom are highly secular and integrated into their communities. However, I am also an Israeli, currently residing in Tel Aviv, and from this postage-stamp size country surrounded on all sides by our enemies, subject to terrorist attacks and acts of war all predicated on the supposed illegitimacy of my people, I can tell you Anti-Semitism is indeed a very pressing concern for many millions of people. I do not refer solely to the people of Israel, but also to diaspora Jews the world over, who still face severe discrimination and remain the subject of both verbal and physical attacks in countries as diverse as Venezuela, England, Poland, Ukraine, and Ethiopia, to name only a very few. (See the Anti-defamation league web site for more details on the most recent instances of public Anti-Semitism internationally).

When we treat hate-speech as a mere "indiscretion," when we apologize for people who use Anti-Semitic language, or rationalize their bad behavior by pointing to their genius and accomplishments in other arenas, we halt the dialogue that needs to occur in the wake of such incidents.

Why did Galliano act the way he did? What made him use such language? And how can the insidious values and beliefs that trigger the use of such epithets as the ones he employed be dismantled.

When we refuse to question people's terrible actions, everyone is hurt by them.


Anonymous Vinsky said ... (8:33 AM) : 

Ahaha! He loves Hitler?! Well, I don't think Hitler was very fond of ''his kind'' either. Gays were also gassed.

Anyway, Galliano was clearly drunk out of his mind. Some people say the ''truth'' comes out of you then. But I still don't think he LITERALLY hates jews.

I think he just wanted to shock those annoying giggling girls and demand some sort of awe from them.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:50 AM) : 

Why are so many people making excuses for this boozer loser?! What if he had sat his sorry behind behind the wheel of a car, drunk out of his mind and then went on to kill someone - would you feel the same way?! I would hope not!

Also: his ignorance regarding basic Holocaust facts is tragic since Hitler of course hated homosexuals.

I feel no compassion for this man: rich, famous, admired, etc. and he flushes it down the toilet. Reminds me of Tiger Woods.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 AM) : 

That behavior is a scream of help.
Don't be so bleen.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Thank you everyone for all your great comments....your are in the truth

I have been working for him for 6years in his studio and left his company 3 years ago and did not really saw him since....i could not recognize him on the video....this video made me cry
In april 2007 he lost his right hand, his best friend steven Robinson they were sharing an incredible creative process....working close to both of them was crazy, interesting, fast full of colors we were traveling through the times and the world to try to keep and promote what was special in each human...and hard because so many collection and ideas to get and give to the world and the impitoyable press eyes...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:19 AM) : 

there's a quote saying children and drunk people always tell the truth...
being drunk is no excuse for anything.
hope he gets better and gets the help he needs!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:26 AM) : 

TO AL: Mr. Schuman is respecful and elegant. Something John Galliano is definetly not.

To the Sart: thank you for publishing all kinds of opinions on your blog. It just shows that fashion and style involves more than colours, hemlines or pretty faces.


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (9:30 AM) : 

He needs help, of course, but he must face all the consequences of his acts.
He was drunk, but that is not an excuse!!! If I was sad and drunk I would NEVER EVER say those things!
Racism of any kind is a very serious matter!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM) : 

I love Natalie Portman's statement abou the case!


Blogger Lee said ... (9:40 AM) : 

I totally agree.


Anonymous Nicola said ... (9:41 AM) : 

I was impartial with the issue as I awaited more information.

Then I saw that the info that you got came from the SUN.

Erhmm.. Whoever believes this paper is in for some REALLY REALLY GOOD and RELIABLE (hear the scarcasm?) Information.

Not a simple forgivable and retractable remark can destroy Galliano, especially if he'd apologize.

Let go, people!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:43 AM) : 

For all Galliano defenders here who state "oh he was provoked and drunk and stressed".

"I love Hitler" is still an very absurd and weird thing to say while one is drunk. Does this mean when you get drunk and irritated with a company who is sitting next to you at a restaurant do you state you love hitler also?

I dont understand why you finding excuses for him.


Blogger Toolateblues said ... (9:54 AM) : 

He has been fired from Dior.


Anonymous tim said ... (9:58 AM) : 

"Sad man"? "desperate cry for help"? Are you kidding?

He brought up Hitler and said their relatives should have been gassed. Inexcusable.

I really thought common sense and progressive mindedness would triumph over this completely mis-placed fashion loyalty, but having read this latest post i'm sort of let down. I thought, Scott, that while you are undoubtedly a member of the fashion elite you would retain the perspective of an outsider. The reason, I believe so many people follow your blog.


Blogger J. said ... (10:16 AM) : 

I must reiterate what a few of the other comments have said:

(1) I agree that it is sad that anyone suffers from a substance abuse problem.

(2) If this problem is based in metal health issues/depression, I hope Mr Galliano, and anyone else suffering from them, is able to find proper help.

(3) None of the above forgives the vitriol which came out of his mouth as a sign of his unrestrained feelings. I find it much sadder that a member of the supposed cultural elite of our world are still harboring such base hatred, and just polite enough to hide it. Mr Galliano has told the world how he really feels about many of us who may have previously appreciated and supported his work -- and therefore a total removal of support and public censure is absolutely appropriate.

I too hope he is able to get help. But I also hope that one day he is able to appreciate that bias and hatred on the basis of anything, religion, race, sexual orientation, or anything else is wrong and completely unacceptable.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 AM) : 

A mean drunk is a mean drunk, whether he's spewing hate speech or beating up women, people of other races, gays, and whether he's a brilliant fashion designer, a talented actor or a "nobody."

However, he obviously needs skilled intervention for substance abuse, and the underlying depression and probably anxiety. Maybe if he gets his body, mood and ego in a healthier state, he can come around to a less racist outlook. - Jean


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:29 AM) : 

His problem is not alcohol or sadness, his problem is his mind and what goes on there!
Drinking problem is no excuse for so much hate!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:30 AM) : 

One can say many things to hurt people around, but things like that!


Anonymous Ariel said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Alcohol doesn't turn someone into an Anti Semite. It's the same excuse used for Mel Gibson. The alcohol "made" him do it.
All this sympathy for Galliano is misguided. The man is responsible for his own actions.
The alcohol took off the filters and opened the flood gates into what he really thinks.
He's pathetic.


Anonymous Maya said ... (11:10 AM) : 

Well, it is official, Dior has started procedures to lay Galliano off as their creative director.


Blogger ryan said ... (11:35 AM) : 

I believe is comments were disgusting, but I think to delve deeper into either situation as being indicative of a mentally ill man spinning out of control is too much. People are impulsive, people don't think before they speak, people get drunk, and people are mean. . . but the combination doesn't necessarily make one mentally ill -extremely foolish and petulant, perhaps


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:40 AM) : 

Please support John Galliano on facebook -


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:51 AM) : 

Unfortunately for Galliano (whom I believe to be an incredibly talented man), I will have to quote spanish say which goes as follows: "drunken and children always speak the truth..."
I just don't think being drunk can ever be an excuse for behaving like that.


Blogger reigs said ... (12:14 PM) : 

There's already too much hate in the world.

Peace and shoes!


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:23 PM) : 

The video is very shocking.
Yes, John Galliano sounds like a man who is desperate to say anything hurtful.
Yes, I hope he gets the help he needs (I am not qualified to judge whether he is mentally ill, but he needs help to understand how deeply unacceptable this behaviour is, and change it).

Importantly, let us not forget that the need for help is not an excuse for what John Galliano said. Hurtful words often lead to hurtful actions (even if other people commit these actions - I hope Galliano's video will not 'inspire' anyone).
When it comes to anti-semitism, homophobia, racism, xenophobia or any form of the hatred of others Saying is Doing.\

PS. I really cannot see how being drunk could be an excuse - if anything it only serves to make things worse.
PPS. Galliano's talent remains unquestioned, obviously - talent is no excuse for those words either. It seems all comments would agree on this, though.


Blogger Allie said ... (12:30 PM) : 

I'm so disappointed in Galliano. I feel like I just found out my favorite childhood candy store is a cover up for a coke dealing operation.



Blogger Beth said ... (1:05 PM) : 

It is indeed very sad to see the unraveling of such a creative mind. I don't believe that being a drunk excuses such hatred. I definitely hope he gets help. If he does that he might even have a chance to save his career.


Blogger Bell said ... (1:06 PM) : 

As you say, I think it would be nice to receive the specialized help they need.
I do not think Dior take decisions lightly.


Blogger Annie said ... (1:15 PM) : 

John Galliano: very talented? undisputed

Racism/bigotry: mental illness? absolutely not

Do we have to accept one because of the other? absolutely not.

I do not feel sorry for Mr. Galliano as it is a well known fact that alcohol consumption lowers our inhibitions and therefore removes the filter through which we control our behavior. We speak what we really believe.
Treating his alcoholism and or mental illness will not cure him of his personal views on the aforementioned issues. Were he an unknown we would not be having this discussion if he should be forgiven because of his talent.
It is bigoted views like these that stand in the way of a peaceful coexistence between all races and religions and therefore a better world where we can all focus on deploying our talents to their maximum potential.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:43 PM) :

“en raison du caractère particulièrement odieux du comportement et des propos tenus par John Galliano dans une vidéo rendue publique ce lundi, la Maison Christian Dior a décidé sa mise à pied immédiate et engagé une procédure de licenciement”


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:51 PM) : 

Galliano needs help? Galliano needs to be taught a lesson, as do those who defend him or feel the least bit sorry for him. Any one who second guesses Dior doing what they "had to do" should be ashamed. I'm looking at you Sart.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:10 PM) : 

...if you repeatedly say such awful things when drunk it must be more than just a drunken rant. whatever psychological reasons lie underneath, this is not acceptable at all. I must applaud Dior for their zero tolerance policy.


Anonymous elxoxodetuprima said ... (2:35 PM) : 

jewish law says that BOTH sides MUST be heard before a sentence is pronounced.....

I am jewish and I am not the one who will throw the first stone.
Galliano has the sacred right to defend himself and tell his version of this mess


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:02 PM) : 

To elxoxodetuprima (2:35pm)
You didn't see the video? What can someone possably say to defend himself after saying what he did?


Anonymous Penny said ... (3:03 PM) : 

Galliano's insults in the video could well be a drunken provocation, playing on extremes for dramatic effect. He certainly appears to be a lover of drama.

Let's not forget that homosexuals, not just Jews, were persecuted by Hitler and that Galliano, as a gay man, would be a very unlikely Hitler supporter.

The context of The Sun video is unclear. We do not know what happened before nor after the scene in question. Why was Galliano being filmed? Could the video be some sort of set-up?

The reaction to condemn Galliano without a context to the video and without any explanation from the man himself, would seem somewhat hasty. Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:04 PM) : 

Agree with Anonymous 1:51PM, who said it all!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 PM) : 

Being drunk does not give anyone an excuse to say racist or anti-semitic remarks. I saw the video obtained by Sun News. Not only did he say that "I love Hitler". What is even more shocking was what he said after that "People like you would be dead today." Basically, he wishes Hitler was alive so all the Jews would be dead. There is no way he's that drunk.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:44 PM) : 

Career suicide! It's all over for him now. He can never recover from what he has said. What a shame! His Dior and his on label's collections were what made Paris fashion week exciting. There is no excusing what he said, but the fact that someone secretly videoed him mid rant is terrible. What was said before the bit of footage that we have been allowed to see? Was he provoked? He was extremely drunk.... but it is still wrong.

Oh well - who will take over?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:50 PM) : 

..and what I saw in that video....was obviously a very drunken John...that was actually acting like a 2 years old boy! They were messing with him...and he wanted to you take a little boy the favourite toy...he will do takes...and say all the stupid things to get it back!!!!!!!!! I believe he was just really trying to annoy them......\he is still a genius for me...and again I LOVE HIM!!!!!


Anonymous elxoxodetuprima said ... (4:07 PM) : 

to anonymous 3.02pm: Yes, I saw a video CLEARLY edited. if you (and others) can not see when a video is EDITED then you are a puppet manipulated by the media.
Galliano worked surrounded by OBSERVANT jews who had NEVER seen any traces of racism on him.
His eternal references to ALL cultures and ethnicities only show a man who respect and applaud diversity.
What he said there was horrible indeed BUT you didnt hear HIS version of the history and no FAIR judgment can be done without it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:15 PM) : 

agreed. well said.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:31 PM) : 

I think Dior absolutely made the right decision. There is no doubt that Galliano is an exceptionally talented individual. It is truly sad that we will no longer be able to see his vision walk down the runway as it has in the past.(does anyone know what will happen considering Dior/LVMH owns the John Galliano brand as well.) However, I feel no pity for the man himself. He may be disturbed, but that does not excuse his actions. I think as "bigger people" the fashion public should show there support to help a disturbed individual face his many issues instead of condemning him. However, he does not deserve sympathy, pity or excuses made on his behalf. To do so, in my opinion, would be that same as saying that what he said is excusable.

The Irony is that as a gay man Mr. Galliano would have been as much a target of Hitler as my grandparents were.


Blogger Becker said ... (4:34 PM) : 

OK, more interestingly, who will succeed Galliano at Dior?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:49 PM) : 

Let's hear his side of the story. Why was that couple filming him anyway? I'm sure they made a buck or two off of that video...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:50 PM) : 

I am from Germany and think that there are people still all over the world who think like him - sadly!

But lots just don`t get infront of the camera. We should not judge him - obviously he is not in a good condition. But I also think that being drunk is not an excuse!

He should educate himself more about the holocaust and accept help.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:53 PM) : 

it is so so sad to see this happen to is incredible he would say such things but it still incredibly sad to see him be let go. i know quite a few people that have said terrible things when drunk too...but the next day all is forgiven!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:57 PM) : 

What he said was terrible and, like any other person, he should have to face the repercussions of his actions. However, it shouldn't tarnish anyone's impressions of his past work. It's definitely going to be a loss to the fashion world, and I think I can say that without supporting his actions.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:06 PM) : 

talented yes racist yes especially with France's history in WW2 He has a drinking problem not every drunk is a racist He is not the first and won't be the last.


Blogger Alex WildeKraft said ... (5:34 PM) : 

C'est tellement honteux d'attaquer un homme sur les propos qu'il tiens alors qu'il est visiblement saoul !

It's a shame to blame him for something he said when he was drunk !


Blogger trucksmith said ... (5:55 PM) : 

In vino veritas.


Anonymous Andres said ... (6:57 PM) : 

what more do you need to know. if you know him, you know he says things often.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:09 PM) : 

What do you guys think will happen to his own company?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:30 PM) : 

Galliano as "a sad man willing to say anything to hurt others as a cry for help" - i don't buy it. as for galliano's longtime friends saying he is not racist, that means nothing.

these kinds of hurtful comments perpetuate hatred and contempt. and they feel really awful when they are directed at you; you don't know what to say back, you are shocked that someone can make a judgment like that about a whole group of people, and then turn it towards you. especially in this day and age.

it is the essence of UGLINESS. which is why I vote for Galliano to be fired from the fashion industry in general, because I believe the fashion industry should promote a human beauty across all races and religions.

Not just runway personas - you can't create beauty on the runway and inject poison into people's everyday lives.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:48 PM) : 

If there is something more to fashion than aestetics, and I like to believe there is, it must be that in fashion lies a way of being connected to each other. We share time and space, in all our differences we bond and communicate, either by being different or by being alike, and in a sense we express it in the way we dress. In this way fashion is truly an art to me, something that is not only about aesthetics but also about giving shape to different ways of living and at the same time in a way celebrating the differences. I find it hard to seperate Galliano's art (his achievements in fashion) from his hatefull remarks because to me they are exactly the opposite of what fashion/art is about.


Anonymous Sara Minta said ... (7:50 PM) : 

While it cannot be denied that Galliano is an artistic genius and has created many a masterpiece that I respect and love, I stand wholeheartedly with Dior in dismissing him. Many of the posts I have read suggest that his comments are purely a result of being intoxicated. While it is true alcohol can cause you to say things you may not normally say, it is a complete fallacy to suggest that alcohol created the racism and anti-Semitism within him. Everyone must be responsible for his/her actions, and alcohol cannot be used as a crutch to excuse deplorable behavior. It is hard to separate the art from the artist, yet I believe we must try in this case. The art is too beautiful; the behavior too grotesque.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:57 PM) : 

its just weird because if he had said any thing about any other race nothing like this would have happened.I hate racism but why the descrimination?is it because he said something racist or just anti semetic?


Anonymous Atlanta Roofing said ... (9:33 PM) : 

Comments like this being made by anyone is unforgivable. They are being hurtful and displaying a complete lack of respect. Drunk or not, a good person does not spew racist, anti-Semitic or hateful speech toward a racial or religious group EVER. Anyone making excuses for him are being just as vile as he is being without the aid of alcohol.


Anonymous JRaetzer said ... (10:09 PM) : 

Being drunk is no excuse for saying things like this one any level, and I have not one iota of pity for him. Yes, he's a great designer, but that's no reason to let his behavior slide.

Maybe the only help he needs is some anger management and a good dose of reality? I find it disgusting that people of a certain ilk get away with this type of behavior, and I believe Dior did absolutely the right thing.


Anonymous Lori NYC said ... (10:28 PM) : 

Isn't it unbelievable almost how people can compartmentalize various aspects of their life. He is so extremely talented in his work for all these years, and yet fatally flawed with such deep seeded hatred. It's tragic, but hope he can get help.


Anonymous rouge said ... (11:58 PM) : 

Actually elxoxodetuprima,,have you not heard the saying 'in vino veritas'? Alcohol is a disinhibitor; what comes out of the mouths of drunken people is usually the truth of what they feel but usually do not say.

I think Galliano is a great designer. That doesn't make him a great bloke.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:14 AM) : 

Hitler also rounded up many gays, gypsies, communists, dissidents and the handicapped, and carted them off to concentration camps.

So very sad that Mr. Galliano, an openly gay man, would have been carted away as well.

His rants could very well be desperate cries for help.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 AM) : 

One comment: Schadenfreude ...


Blogger Andre Gorr said ... (1:24 AM) : 

I wont be surprised if John has had the same Jewish heritage as Hitler posessed! JG is plain STUPID! and he has got what he deserved (being fired).
i think his name and career in fashion is over, no matter how talented he was - he has SPOKEN his mind LOUD...


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