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”.