John Galliano: Will Rehab Make the Anti-Semitic Remarks Okay?

Linda Sharps
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Top Christian Dior designer John Galliano was recently fired from his job after using anti-Semitic insults in a Paris bar. The altercation flared up between Galliano and a couple next to him, resulting in Galliano allegedly using such charming turns of phrase as "Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead" and "Fucking Asian bastard, I will kill you."

The flamboyant designer was initially suspended, then fired, with Dior issuing a statement that the fashion house had a policy of "zero tolerance with regard to any anti-Semitic or racist statement or attitude."

Galliano himself has just released his own statement, saying that he denies the claims made against him—and yet apologizing for "behaving in the worst possible light." Rumors are swirling that Galliano is now heading to rehab in order to treat alcoholism.

So, if he goes to rehab and says he's sorry, will he be forgiven for his anti-Semitic remarks?

This seems to be how it works, right? A public figure engages in bad behavior for as long as they can get away with it, and once they're finally caught, they issue a formal statement and zip off for a comfy rehab stint.

Cheating on your wife? Sex addiction. Hurling racist slang? Alcohol problems. Beating the crap out of people in a violent tirade? Anger management issues.

As a society we seem obsessed with diagnosing people, and in turn, offering up reasons for the way they act out. Whatever happened to plain old assholism? If Galliano said the things he's been accused of, that's not a drinking problem—that's an asshole problem.

(See also: Mel Gibson. Tiger Woods. Etc., etc., etc.)

What do you think, will John Galliano's remarks be swept under a rug if he disappears to rehab for a while?



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