Is this the man you want designing your clothing?
Is this the man you want designing your clothing?Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano may have been sacked from Christian Dior, but his legacy will live on at the fashion house. Last week, the head designer at Dior was dismissed over anti-Semitic remarks that he made in a Paris bar and then in a recording that surfaced later where he declared his love for Hitler.
According to PopEater, he told some patrons at a bar:
People like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers would be f**king gassed.
Don't even get me started on the irony of an openly gay man saying such egregious things. Let us not forget that Hitler was no fan of homosexuals, either. The man is clearly out of his mind with rage and isn't thinking clearly, but poor, poor Dior. Because no matter what they do -- and they did do the right thing with great haste -- I would never support them again.
Here is a video for you to decide:
Mostly Dior, save for a few pieces, is out of my price range anyway, so I doubt they're crying over the loss of me as a customer, but I would also judge any celebrity who wore them, too. And any publicist worth their salt would probably advise his or her clients not to wear Dior.
Why? Because this can't be the first time that the man referred to as enfant terrible said something like that. In addition, the other things he said -- that he doesn't associate with "ugly" people (um, what is he, pray tell?), for instance -- tell me that the fashion house has been allowing a tiny man with insanely mixed up values to design clothing for WOMEN for years.
Fashion design is a cruel, cruel world, and many female fashion designers with actual female parts who can appreciate the female range of beauty are having trouble getting jobs; yet Dior kept this piece of trash on top (and famous) for years. It disgusts me. And at this point, no matter what Dior does to make up for it, I find them repulsive and I know I'm not alone.
Even Natalie Portman -- the face of Miss Dior perfume -- was "disgusted" by Galliano:
In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. 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.
She notably didn't wear Dior to last week's Academy Awards, and even though some stars did -- Nicole Kidman, for instance -- my guess is that Galliano's little racist rant will affect the entire fashion world a bit. Maybe it sheds some light on the kind of people who are directly affecting the way we feel about our bodies and, in the end, about ourselves.
Would you wear Dior or buy their perfume?
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