The Madness Continues…

I have tried to keep my mouth closed for the last couple days as the Galliano debacle has unravelled but I’ve reached my limit, and just need to say a few things. Firstly, I 100% support Christian Dior’s decision to suspend Galliano before the video hit the media. As I commented on another site, if a police officer, a bus driver, a lawyer, your postman or the local school’s maths teacher had done the same off the clock, they would have been suspended with immediate effect, pending review. Dior did the right thing for a. it’s business and b. it’s customers, who by association, share these views.

Despite the fact the world has seen the video, people are still supporting this guy. I don’t get it. The fashion insiders are all “poor John/this isn’t him/he needs help”. Are you kidding me? They wrote about him for years, they charted his success and truly amazing designs, they sat front row at his extravagant and phenomenal shows and yes, they loved every second of it, but what the beep? Even The Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander, one of the world’s most famous and badass fashion writers, joined the “he needs help” gang with:

What devils possessed Galliano we may never know. What private hell he is living through is equally unknowable.”

You can read the full article here. I cannot believe that she had the audacity to mention Alexander McQueen. Yep, she’s totally off my Christmas list. Times have changed and this “poor John” crap has got to stop. I don’t give a damn about how fabulous his designs are (and they really are). Just for the record, being drunk doesn’t mean you’re an alcoholic and in desperate need of help. It just means you’re drunk.

Sitting here this evening tweeting with the tweethearts, somebody retweeted a Jessica Stam message

I’ll miss you John, you’re so talented” swiftly followed by “I love the Jews and what he said is awful, but also sad to watch him leave Dior.”

Well now that “The Jews” have your support Jessica, I’m sure they’ll sleep easily. Seriously, what on earth!

Listening to his hateful, ignorant comments reminded me of what a pathetic world we live in but you know what sickens me more than his words and the fashion editors support (or silence)? Listening to bloggers openly support this racist. What is wrong with you people? Even after the video, you’re still saying Dior shouldn’t have fired him. What planet are you on? Natalie Portman has been the only public figure to denounce his action. We, bloggers, have a voice. Why aren’t we using it to send a message, not just to Galliano or the fashion world, but the society as a whole? Why aren’t we showing them that we’ve learnt from the past, and we will not accept any form of prejudice? Not today, not tomorrow, not beeping ever.

There is so much support for a man who actually told another human being

“People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed.”

Where is the support for the families who lost loved ones during Hitler’s occupation? As I also commented on another blog, this isn’t even about Galliano & Dior, this is about right and wrong. Morality. What does it say about you, if you’re still saying “we don’t know all the facts/poor guy/this is so wrong/he’s a genius”? What is says to me is that you’re even worse than him. At least he can use his drunkenness as an excuse, albeit an unacceptable one.

The man clearly has issues and I truly hope that he will get help for them. Perhaps he needs therapy or to travel the world and see that all people deserve respect and love. Yes Jessica, even “The Jews”.

46 Comments

  1. 1 March 2011 / 23:38

    Just because he is a genious doesn’t mean he is a moral person. And even if he is an alchoholic, still doesn’t excuse him for being a racist. There are a lot of non racist alchoholics!
    And yeah, a company such as this should dissociate from him.
    But on the other hand I have neither pity nor fear for him. He is a talented and wealthy guy, he’ll be fine. So what if Dior fired him. What, just because he is talented he should be excused from regular workings of the universe where every action has a consequence?
    Guy is screwed up, and it cought up with him. We’ll still probably see a lot of great designs from him.

    • Milla
      Author
      2 March 2011 / 14:34

      That’s an interesting point Maya. His own label is part of the LVMH group (as is Dior). I’m curious about how this will affect his label. Also, with his show coming up this week, who will show up? Which editors and therefore magazines (which mean publishing houses and ultimately shareholders) will come out and support his work? That will be interesting. Anti-Semitism isn’t just nasty, it’s illegal here in France so there will be repercussions from that as well.

      Personally, I don’t care how talented he is. I never want to see a piece of his work again.

      • 2 March 2011 / 15:24

        Hm, didn’t know that. With that scenario it will definetely get uglier than ugly. But I still think he will recover from this. Just as Nike recovered from child labour in China (and many many more companies). The fact is that fashion industry is unethical in it’s core, it’s up there with the bad boys, it’s just a bit more hypocrytical. Maybe I am jaded from all that, but I honestly don’t think he will have long term reprecussions from this. It may be sad, but him being a nazi lover and a racist still doesn’t make him much worse than a lot of others in fashion, it’s just that we don’t know it yet.

  2. 1 March 2011 / 23:46

    Well done for having your say. I was watching a ton of back and forthing on Twitter today between the two camps with a wry smile. (The smile being wry because Twitter is really the best place to witness open and frank discussion!)
    What he did was wrong, (haven’t see the video and not sure I want to) and if you do wrong you have to face the consequences. Simple really. Doesn’t matter if you’re a genius or not – you can’t mistreat people so badly and expect to get away with it. That’s just a rule for life.
    Anyhoo my darling, hope you’re well and enjoying life xxx

    • Milla
      Author
      2 March 2011 / 14:26

      “you can’t mistreat people so badly and expect to get away with it. That’s just a rule for life.” This is like the gospel to me! Well said. What seems so basic to us is being questioned in an unacceptable manner.

      I’m doing well my dear, looking forward to a trip back home – Marmite time!!

      M
      x

  3. 1 March 2011 / 23:48

    Good for you Milla for taking a stand! As you know, I feel the very same way. There was a time when few details were leaked, so some gave him the benefit of the doubt. In light of the video there is no acceptable excuse to support this person.
    You’re right where’s the outrage? Bloggers have the least at stake to make a strong statement, so people stop being the sheep following blindly and start be the sheppard. Be fearless, be a leader, say what you feel even if it’s unfashionable.
    I respect you Milla.
    Patty

    • Milla
      Author
      2 March 2011 / 13:42

      Thank you so much my friend. I’m so glad we were able to discuss it openly together and the fact that we were seemingly alone, troubled as I said. The fact that everybody has commented and shared the feelings of shock and disgust gives me a reason to feel hopeful.

      One man’s actions should have been condemned and the powerful fashion world could have made a stand. The only fashion blog making a stand is Fashionista with their “Why Isn’t The Fashion World Condemning Galliano?”

      My 1-woman protest has begun, and I am boycotting Paris Week. Granted that I’m not a fashion blogger but until I hear something acceptable from the fashion insiders, Paris Fashion Week can beep off.

      Thanks for being the coolest!

      M
      x

  4. 2 March 2011 / 01:57

    This has been a nightmare evolving into the unthinkable.

    I was outraged that at the first reports of ugliness in a bar Christian Dior summarily suspended its designer with whom the company had a very intimate working relationship. I printed quotes discounting the accusations. Being falsely accused is about as ugly as it gets and leaves the accused in a painful limbo. Children are suspended, not long term associates. John was hardly unknown when his relationship with the Arnault group began. Certainly there were rumors of staying out late and parties but never even a hint of racism or anti-Semitism. His was a mighty high public profile.

    By the following morning there was the video in which he slurs his words, maintains a frightfully benign pose as if the words were gentle and not devastating threats of what would have happened under Hitler, for whom he professed adoration.

    Dior’s actions were entirely correct in dismissing him unequivocally. The horrific spectacle of John walking through throngs of photographers not after a show but to photograph a disgraced man on his way to a police inquiry to face two of his accusers is haunting.

    Friends and associates are shocked at this because in many, many years of being scrutinized by the public, to come suddenly alone in a bar speeches of incredible ugliness perhaps made even more heinous by being in the Marais which has always been the Jewish section (and where John has lived since the ’80’s).

    Is he this monster? It would seem so. And yet it seems as likely that John has devolved into a corrosive mental illness that has changed him from the gentle man who works very hard in the fashion business albeit with more flamboyance than his beginnings which were very hard.

    Suzy Menkes wrote today that friends have interceded and John has agreed to some form of rehab. Perhaps he is a vile man who dipped too deeply alone in a bar or perhaps it is more insidious.

    Yes, Alexander McQueen also employed by Arnault from very humble beginnings killed himself a year ago’ a man with close relationships and no one suspected.

    Yves Saint Laurent was protected in ways neither John or Alexander was. Pierre Berge could hold the entire fashion pack away to allow Yves one more trip to a sanitarium.

    What is the life of a homosexual man brought to these levels? Is it more like Tom Ford’s The Single Man and some will implode quietly and others sabotage an entire career?

    Is John Galliano a Hitler lover who dreams of what the Third Reich would do to people with ugly eyebrows and ugly bags? Or is he in desperate need of help? More likely, and I can only think this because I have known people who could manage some of the usual things of life but in their spare time believe they were God, some very sick combination of the two.

    Does absolute hatred stay hidden for an entire life and emerge at age fifty? Perhaps.

    I’m so sad at the devastation of a gentle man and miserably know that he may at last have revealed himself.

    I pray not because it’s almost too awful to comprehend.

    And yet I heard him say, absolutely I did, that they would have been gassed and things that impart fear and humiliation in people. No one would deserve that, not even if they pestered John. No one.

    Things in the real world can be very shaded. This certainly is.

    For years, and this is only about the strangeness of the world, Americans would not drive cars made in Germany. Yet in Israel many of the first taxis were Mercedes.

    There are some people in fashion who saw with their own eyes, not hearsay, the sign in the Louis Vuitton shop on the Champs Elysee … Help Wanted No Jews Need Apply. Perhaps a major store did drop them for a season. One season.

    I’m horrified by the hate comments which I have removed from my own blog written prior to my seeing the video. But I also hate that these horrific events have become divisive.

    John needs help, even as that will not excuse what happened.

    It’s almost impossible to grasp.

  5. everydayglamour
    2 March 2011 / 03:00

    Let’s not mince words here. John Galliano is racist. Full stop.

    Does he need help? I hope all racists can get help. Racism is ugly.

    Christian Dior did the right thing, of course! Enough with the “poor Galliano” B.S.

    Milla, good job! I love your blog!!

    • Milla
      Author
      2 March 2011 / 13:27

      Kate, you’re right: racism is ugly. The reality is that nobody likes a racist and Dior acting swiftly sent a message. Sadly that message never made it to most of the insiders.

      Thanks for your support my lovely!

      x

  6. 2 March 2011 / 03:12

    Being Jewish, I have encountered many hateful people in my life. I have heard tons of anti-Semitic comments at school, at work and from people I would never expect to be racist or hateful. It’s so sad, but it’s almost a fact of life that a large majority of people in the world are ignorant and just stupid. I am appalled at this whole thing, but not at all surprised. Glad Natalie spoke out about it because I’d be SHOCKED if she didn’t. There’s rehab for alcohol and drugs, but maybe there should be rehab for hate as well.

    • Milla
      Author
      2 March 2011 / 13:25

      Lisi, I’m sorry that you had bad experiences but you know, I feel even sadder for those ignorant few who judged you. I’ve never experienced racism and I’m not Jewish but I am shocked to my core. How are people in 2011 so ignorant? The thing that angers me most of all is that this is chosen ignorance. We know better but some people just don’t care.

      I know that Natalie is Jewish so yes, I too would have been shocked had she kept quite. I love her strength and her statement was clear. However, I am shocked by the other non-Jewish spokepeople/models/actresses who have Dior contracts and are saying nothing.

      I hope there’s a rehab which will take him.

  7. 2 March 2011 / 11:20

    Excellent poste, Milla. Entièrement d’accord avec ton point de vue.

    Peut-être JG a besoin d’aide, peut-être.., peut-être… (on peut inventer tout prétexte) mais il ne faut oublier qu’il est, avant tout, le représentant public, la vitrine d’une des plus grandes marques de luxe au monde, sensée de vendre du rêve au travers la philosophie de vie qu’elle véhicule (j’ai écrit à ce sujet dans mon blog).

    Son attitude était à l’antipode des valeurs de CD et il a été sanctionné, à juste titre, comme n’importe quel employeur l’aurait fait pour nuisance à son image.
    Ce que je trouve inadmissible, par-dessus tout, ce sont les commentaires irréfléchis des rédacteurs de renom, comparant son attitude lamentable au suicide de Alexander McQuin. Certaines personnes, auraient-elles perdues toute notion du bon sens ?!

    • Milla
      Author
      7 March 2011 / 07:38

      Arman,merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire.

      Tu as raison: il nuit à l’image de Christian Dior et ils ont dû le congédier pour se protéger. Le renvoi de Galliano et en particulier la vitesse à laquelle elle a eu lieu a dressé une mur entre la marque et les horribles (et inexcusables) commentaires. En tant qu’entreprise, LVMH ne pouvait pas se permettre de soutenir un tel homme, et même si Dior avait voulu, les actionnaires n’auraient pas accepté.

      J’étais confuse et en colère concernant la comparaison entre Galliano et McQueen. J’admet que les deux sont considérés comme des génies, leurs situations sont très différentes et les mettre dans le même panier rabaisse que la mort tragique de McQueen.

      Que penses-tu des commentaires par Karl Lagerfeld et Natalie Portman?

  8. Adele
    2 March 2011 / 11:40

    I completely agree. Work pressures, alcohol, the burden of ‘genius’ or whatever does not make you a racist- being a racist makes you a racist. What could be a great opportunity to reconnect ‘the fashion world’ with the normal operating one has barely been seized upon. Why are we talking about the impact this will have on creative outlets instead of real living breathing people? If Galliano was a bus driver no one would be saying ‘yes but who on earth is going to navigate rush hour like he did?!’

    • Milla
      Author
      2 March 2011 / 13:06

      Spot on! Everybody is so sorry for the fashion industry and for Mr Racist himself, but the pain, memories and general negative effects his words have on the average are somehow irrelevant. They (fashion insiders) missed a vital opportunity to show the world how open and normal they are, instead they’ve chosen Team Racism. Have you seen this Adele? http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-gallianos-departure-rattles-fashion-162851

  9. Pat
    2 March 2011 / 14:51

    Yes, Mila, well said.

  10. 2 March 2011 / 14:56

    Oh, I agree with you! I’ve seen tweets where people are SAD because John Galliano is no longer with Dior.

    I really wish fashion bloggers see the bigger picture sometimes. It’s not all about fashion day in and day out. The problem here is that he made very, very serious and sensitive remarks, and they fail to acknowledge that.

    • Milla
      Author
      4 March 2011 / 13:46

      They’re too consumed by fashion Aggie, and that is a truly sad fact.

  11. Pat
    2 March 2011 / 15:47

    He will recover, go into rehab and ——PRESTO!

    Also, I don’t believe Dior fired him because of their sensitivity to racism. He got fired because it COULD, effect their bottom line. Plain ans Simple. Of course not all patrons of Dior are from France but when I lived in Paris, albeit many years ago, there was a lot of anti-Semitism there.

    BTW, many year ago I was the illustrator in NYC for their jewelry line. It was licensed out, so I never met any of the people from the head company.

    • Milla
      Author
      3 March 2011 / 09:54

      Pat, I totally agree. Dior’s decision wasn’t about the company’s moral code. It was about their business. However, regardless of why, their swift action made sent a clear message and separated the evils words of Galliano from their business, and reassured the humble onlookers and customers.

      I have lived in many countries and travelled to even more but I have never seen racism until I moved to Paris. The way Arabic & African people and their descendants are treated, spoken about is vile and it is not masked. Fortunately, I have never experienced any form of racism myself and woe betide anybody who even thinks about pulling that crap with me!

      • Pat
        3 March 2011 / 14:19

        Funny, when I was there, I too, never experienced any racism, just the opposite. They liked black American women and I fit that bill.

        Yes, it was terrible in regards to the Afrikans, north and west. It was so unveiled that Parisian’s would complain to me about them?!?!??!??!????!?!?!?
        I would look at them and wonder, what world were they living in to say that to—-ME.. looking as black as the north Afrikans.. made no sense.

        My French, wasn’t good enough to have a real conversation, about it.
        But I did experienced racism from the west Afrikan women…. go figure..sigh.. although, I do know why.
        Human beings…

        One last thing, to a previous poster who said, “That the fashion industry is tolerant,” that’s not really accurate. It depends on whether their bottom line is hurt, drug use doesn’t hurt their bottom line, who really cares about that in this day and age. Half of their clientele is drugging out..so….

        ALSO, there is PREVALENT & EXTREME, RACISM IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, IN NYC AND EUROPE!!!
        Even among the creative types, it is just on a different scale. The reason—- creative people, are still JUST PEOPLE!!!!
        Creativity, doesn’t erase ones nature…
        I learned that MANY years ago, when I arrived in NYC to attend FIT!
        Am glad that I learned it early while I was in school, so there were so surprises, although I didn’t encounter it a lot..

        Another thing for people that have never actually worked in the field.. IT IS AS CATTY AND CUT THROAT AS ANY BUSINESS IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY!!!!!!!!!

  12. 2 March 2011 / 19:23

    I think the decision of Dior is right and the only, Galliano had to be removed for the racist insults, nothing can justify racism. I wonder there is still racist people. I think it’s a sort of mental insanity.
    Anyway the fashion world is always tolerant, do you remember the scandal of Kate Moss? She is a queen of fashion but she took drugs…

    http://verychiclist.blogspot.com/

    • Milla
      Author
      3 March 2011 / 10:21

      Racism = mental insanity: so true! Baffling that in 2011, with freedom to travel anywhere and access to all sorts of information, that people still choose to be ignorant. Sad for them. Galliano had to go.

      As a huge Kate Moss fan and a fellow Brit, I remember vividly. I also remember that in a matter of days, she was fired from Chanel, Burberry and several others. Like Galliano, she issued some BS apology and less than a year later, she was back. Not just back, but making even more money and fronting even more campaigns. Drugs are bad, life-destroying but the industry has been able to forgive her for God knows what reason. Whether the industry decides to forgive Galliano or not, society and people like you and me, will not accept that. The difference is that Galliano words hurt many of us – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Atheists. Like I said, this is bigger than him and Dior, this is about morality and as people, we cannot accept this type of hatred. Unlike Kate Moss, I do not think he will rise again but I hope that he will come to understand the power of his words and truly mean “sorry”.

  13. 2 March 2011 / 21:14

    Nicely put Milla!
    People need to be held accountable for their words/actions. No matter who you are, what you do or where you live. The moment that we allow words like these to go unspoken we make room for more unconscious un-evolved sentiments.
    x tash

    • Milla
      Author
      7 March 2011 / 09:46

      So true Tash! Everybody is accountable for their words and actions. We cannot let such hatred exist.

      x

  14. 2 March 2011 / 22:26

    I could not agree with you more. I was impressed with how quickly and decisively Dior cut ties. It definitely moves them up in my estimation.

    And like you said, being drunk doesn’t make you and alcoholic. But, it’s more than that. I don’t care how drunk I am, how drunk I could ever get, I don’t have that racism in me, and he does. There’s a part of him that believes those things and another part of him that thinks it’s okay to berate another person. Those two things in combination make him yet another person I never want to see or here from again. (He can sidle right up to Mel Gibson.)

    It’s disgusting and I want no part of it.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    xo

    • Milla
      Author
      3 March 2011 / 10:55

      That’s exactly it Jennifer: those thoughts are inside him. When the average person gets drunk, they tell someone to beep off, they fall asleep, they start recounting the time you forgot dinner plans 5 years before, they do not racially abuse and disregard the pain and evil that consumed our world and it’s people.

      I don’t know if you read his apology but he talks about the fact that he has encountered and fought against prejudice all his life, which I understand is true. It truly pains me, that a man who so many people respected and saw as a role model, not because of his “genius designer” status, but as a strong gay man who persevered no matter how many setbacks he experienced. I feel sorry for those who looked up to this man, who has now shown himself as a racist. I’m done with him and whoever is on Team Galliano.

      Thanks for sharing your view!

      x

  15. Leah
    2 March 2011 / 22:44

    Well Milla you know what my opinion is, pretty much a reflection of yours, so need I say more? But you know me so I will add a few words.

    It pains me that just because it’s ‘such and such’ they make excuses for him or her. Forget about that. No matter what their excuse is, it is morally wrong.

    And in response to the comment above regarding Kate Moss:

    I think the Galliano and Moss incidents are different. However most of the time like I’ve already suggested it comes down to who you are not what it is you’ve actually done. I’ve always made it known that I’m not fond of Kate Moss. For one she needs a good meal inside of her. I don’t believe she is a great role model especially for young naïve girls of today. I understand that models have to be super thin even if I don’t agree with it but it’s the hypocrisy that gets me.

    She once posed naked for an anti-fur campaign, a very famous one I recall with a bunch of other famous models then she’s spotted wearing real fur, then she signs a £50 million contract to design for anti-fur company TopShop, then again she is caught walking down the street in a coat made from a dozen fox furs. It really does make you scratch your head and wonder why it is, the most obvious things are what’s wrong with this world.

    Now indeed she is not the only one so it’s not let’s just pick on KM here. BUT it’s arrogant, ignorant and people walking around in fur when there’s a vast amount of faux fur on sale should be put behind bars, simple as that.

    And anyone who expresses their love for hitler need go bang in a good few hours with a highly qualified shrink to explain to them it wasn’t the drink that made them say that.

    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…..

    • Milla
      Author
      7 March 2011 / 11:02

      Leah my love, we have been discussing Miss Moss and fur for many years now, and as always disagreed about the former, and agreed about the latter.

      Fur is cruel. People who wear fur is cruel. How should we deal with this? I was explaining to Cupcake that here in Paris, fur is so normal. It’s not your 80-year old granny who still rocks the fur from her heyday, it’s 30 year olds as well. 2 separate issues but I get your point. Why does Kate continue to do something she knows is so clearly wrong?

      Speaking of fur, you know these rappers and celebs are always going on about chinchilla fur? I finally saw a chinchilla at the zoo, and they are the cutest innocent little animals, who apparently are naturally unafraid of humans. The murderers bash them to death. To make a full-length coat, it takes 150 sweet chinchillas. Evil.

      PS – miss you 🙁

  16. 3 March 2011 / 00:29

    John Galliano … the beauty that you create cannot overshadow the ugliness in your heart. Bet you thought it would.

  17. 3 March 2011 / 11:09

    Hey Milla…..thought you might be interested in Karl Lagerfeld`s statement on the events..

    . “I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this. This is what makes me crazy in that story. The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk — there are things you cannot do… I’m furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and [chairman and ceo] Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favorite label. It’s as if he had his child hurt.”

    This is why I love Karl!!!

    • Pat
      3 March 2011 / 14:25

      BUT.. if you read this statement carefully.. He’s NOT upset that JG is a pig and may have hurt other people.

      BUT because he hurt the—COMPANY’S reputation!!!!!!!
      Doesn’t sound so gallant to me!

      Ummmmmmmm….just saying!

      • Milla
        Author
        4 March 2011 / 12:45

        It’s great that a major player like Lagerfeld has said something, because it’s gets others talking. I agree that he’s clearly more upset at his friend’s distress than the effect of humanity but the positive effects are worth it. If more brands speak up, change will happen.

        Like you said earlier, Dior sacking Galliano was a business decision, not because of pain his words caused. However, the statement it makes is worth it, gallant or not. We sound really cynical…

    • Milla
      Author
      4 March 2011 / 13:42

      He’s the first industry person to speak up right? Good on him! He’s so right, as a publicly known figure, you’re somewhat restricted in what you can do and say. The cynical me would say that he seems more worried about his friend and the possible thought that people may view other designers as crazy drunks that the harm caused. That said, I am very happy that a brand like Chanel is speaking out.

      • Pat
        4 March 2011 / 13:56

        I agree, Milla. I don’t think that you and I are cynical, just realistic!….LOL!

      • Carole
        10 March 2011 / 05:08

        Interesting that the first industry person to speak up is from the house that Coco built. Her actions under occupied France are upsetting to say the least. Even then there was a double standard for the haves and have nots.

  18. 3 March 2011 / 13:28

    Sick. And a bit sad. How can people still be thinking this sh*t?

    xx

    • Milla
      Author
      4 March 2011 / 13:21

      I know right. Sometimes I actually have to check which year we’re in.

      x

  19. 3 March 2011 / 22:51

    Well said. I completely agree with you. Fashion loves to take the controversial response to just about anything it seems but this is too much. It’s time to take a stand for the right.

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    • Milla
      Author
      4 March 2011 / 12:41

      His rant has given such a bad name to but the fact they have supported him is sickening. We all make mistakes, I know that but this is too much.

  20. 4 March 2011 / 01:02

    Milla, you called the situation for exactly what it is, and look at the wonderful dialogue you got going! it is great to see people express so many view and get talking about issues that are too often swept under the rug. I would hope something positive can be taken from this horrible situation- to open people’s eyes to the hatred that is still brewing out there. It should never be tolerated and I hope it never will be.

    • Milla
      Author
      4 March 2011 / 12:36

      Noelani, I am so relieved to know that other people feel the same because watching Twitter messages and reading the statements from various fashion insiders, all I saw was support for Galliano. I believe that something good will come of it: it will hopefully serve as a reminder to everybody out there that ultimately, we’re all the same an deserve respect.

      x

  21. 8 March 2011 / 01:11

    Yes, what he said was wrong, but I wonder if he would’ve been fired had he said something against people of African descent.. I don’t have to wonder really: He would not have been fired, there wouldn’t have been such a public and international outcry against him and Natalie Portman surely would not have said anything against it, funny how she still represents Dior. I mean her words don’t mean anything to me, if you’re so digusted with this man’s actions and words, why not sever ties with the company as a whole. The powers that be at Dior surely knew about his attitudes and beliefs, Galliano just never said anything about it in public. He was making money for Dior hand over fist…quietly. Once he was in public, inebriated, sitting in Le Marais (no less)..you know the rest. Actions speak louder than words. Every industry (especially in fashion) is racist to some degree, but we all still love fashion and the industry. Why is everybody so up in arms about this one tiny man (I’ve met him) who clearly needs therapy for deeper issues when there are governmental policies, governments themselves, making sure that certain people get ahead in life and others don’t simply by the way they look or the religion they belong to. That’s something far more important to get upset about and actually do something about. . Again what he said was wrong, but there are deeper, more important issues within and outside the fashion community that deserve our attention. Fashion lives on, the blogs go on and the beat goes on.

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