Tuesday, June 4, 2013

John Galliano Interview in Vanity Fair


Vanity Fair says this is John Galliano’s “first-ever interview sober.”


Are you ready to hear his side of the story, or is your mind made up?


P.S. In the same issue, there’s a great looking article about Ava Gardner. I’m going to read it but, for right now I can’t stop looking at the pictures.


P.P.S. Read the preview of the article


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  1. Gian Luca M

    June 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  2. Simbarashe

    June 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Ahhhh I’m so looking forward to this.

  3. Liberty

    June 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I read the preview of the interview online. but I am intrigued to hear the rest.
    Galliano was and always will be a favourite designer of mine, Dior wouldn’t of been the same without him.

    • Qameraman

      June 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      For crying out loud, I know it’s petty but, it’s “wouldn’t have”

      • abigail

        June 5, 2013 at 1:55 am

        qameraman, you are amazing.

      • dapperkap

        June 6, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        Everyone loves a pedant.

        • berenger

          June 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

          Especially one who mis-uses commas…

          • ha!

            June 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm


    • JJ Minehan

      June 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm


      Galliano = Disgusting Human Being


  4. johnny lexington

    June 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    He is a brilliant man, who was in a place he did not want to be. I say give the man a chance to change!

  5. Name*

    June 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Sorry, Scott, but there are no excuses for the things that he said.

    • Wayde

      June 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Interesting you should say that but who gives a damn when someone says anything about any other religion or denomination like the Catholics or Muslims for example… no one! There will be people slandering others beliefs and saying hateful things until the end of time. I’m not saying it makes it right but seriously, learn to see the bigger picture. We all make mistakes and unfortunately John’s mistake was made a mountain out of a mole-hill and cost him his entire professional portfolio.
      On another note; The article looks very interesting and I am very excited that John is getting more positive media exposure nowadays. I am anticipating that his return to the industry and hope that he is offered the creative director position back at his namesake house.
      Love the picture above, I don’t think I have ever seen John styled like that before :)

      • Name*

        June 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        So, you feel hate speech should stand unaddressed? Generally, this issue is raised when bigoted and racist statements are made against minority groups, like African Americans or Jews. There are hundreds of millions of Catholics in the world, more than 2 billion Muslims and only about 14 million Jews.

        • eleanor

          June 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

          Unadressed ???? he lost his job and said he is sorry. What else do you need ? his head on a tray ??

        • Mikey

          June 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

          14 million Jews?…what, in NYC? I’m curious where you get that number.

          • Wayde

            June 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm

            Thanks Eleanor, well put, he has served his sentence and done his time (is a formal apology, loss of job and public humiliation not enough for some). Also; Name*, does that make it okay that because there are more numbers in the Catholic and Muslims communities, than the Jewish, that hate-talk can be freely spoken about them? I’m sorry but you contradict yourself.
            I am also curious as to the possibility that John might be invited back to design at his eponymous house again? Is that possible? who would have final say? LVMH?

          • Lisa

            June 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

            It is difficult to determine precisely for a number of reasons, but yes, the world’s Jewish population is around 14 to 15 million (it has only recently reached the level it was at before the Holocaust). Israel has the largest, with the population about to reach 6 million, followed by the US. having the second largest Jewish population. Then there is a huge difference be the US and the third largest population, France, which is around half a million.


      • Liz Rice-Sosne

        June 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        The bigger picture is “The Holocaust.”

  6. M A R T A

    June 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm


    June 4, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I’m going to read the interview!!

  8. Simone

    June 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I’m super curious, definitely want to know what he’s got to say. http://www.flaircat.com

  9. Monsieur Marcel

    June 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    He’s got waders on…did Galliano take up fly fishing as an act of contrition?

    • Sevan

      June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Monsieur Marcel, I really appreciate your witty observation among this sea of torrid comments.

  10. Alfia

    June 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Oh yes! I am going to read it!
    But what ever is there I still love him as a true artist!!!!!!
    MISS HIM SO MUCH!!!!!!
    Can not watch Dior collections any more without him!!!!
    It is so sad sad sad!!!!

  11. ChicTrends

    June 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Everybody deserves a second chance but let’s hope his side of the story is strong enough to encourage people to forgive him.

    Best, x http://chictrends.co.uk/

  12. Johanna

    June 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Alcohol doesn’t make people say things that they don’t mean or don’t think anyways, it only makes it easier to say them. I have no sympathy for this man, and his talent doesn’t make his bigotry disappear or be any less appalling.

    • berenger

      June 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Yes, I agree. I loved his clothes, but we, as a civilisation, are beyond race hatred ever being ok – no matter what the talent of its source. Or, at least, we should be.

      • Villa Ave

        June 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

        Him, or anyone else, deserves forgiveness for bigoted thoughts–you want him to change, don’t you? Mass murder is unforgivable. Not, bad thoughts.

        • berenger

          June 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

          Of course Galliano did not just think bigoted thoughts. How on earth would any of us know about it if he had.

          Speaking – or spitting – race hatred is a different kettle of fish altogether.

          How would it be if Damien Hurst ranted hate about homosexuals, even regretting that Hitler failed to kill them all, what then? Galliano is an artist, he represents us, our culture. Race hatred is not, or should not be, our culture.

          I forgive him, for what that is worth. But I do not want him to represent me in any way whatsoever. There needs to be a clear message that racial.violence is off limits – either inciting it or doing it yourself.

          Using pressure, alcohol and so on as an excuse just smells fishy to me. Yes I don’t doubt that he has problems, but they do not a racist make. Hitler was very clean living, by all accounts.

          • MG

            June 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

            I agree with you but he is nobody to me and the Vanity Fair article is giving voice to someone who would do best to remain silent. If Galliano wants to create, and people want to buy his product, so be it. It is the publicity that sickens me and I don’t think I’m convinced he’s reformed.

      • Sartorial Revenge

        June 5, 2013 at 4:30 am

        What he said was horrific – no doubt about that. And of course, one cannot blame alcohol. But he clearly was at a very dark place at the time – addicted to all kinds of narcotics, under an immense amount of pressure and somewhat lost.
        My point is, t’s been over 2 years and everyone deserves a second chance. He’s paid for what he’s done, now it’s time to hear him out and give him the chance for a comeback.

        • Johanna

          June 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          None of those things, addiction, stress and being “lost” make people become bigots. It just gives them an excuse later when they need to explain away their actions and/or words. Mr. Galliano’s talent is not under scrutiny here, it is unquestionable and magnificent, but it still doesn’t take away the fact that he is, or was, a racist. I will let his future actions show has he truly changed or are all his apologies and explanations just smoke and mirrors – after all, actions speak louder than any words ever can. One interview is not enough to change my opinion.

    • westcoasttiger

      June 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

      I have often found it to be the case: alcohol = truth serum.

      • Johanna

        June 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        Yes, that’s my experience as well.

      • Lou

        June 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        I agree. Alcohol always makes me say what I truly feel and think. Not the opposite.

        • Wayde

          June 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          I think it’s important to point out that people will say pretty much anything whilst intoxicated but I honestly think the real blame here lies with the women who taunted him, encouraging him to say those things! Saying hurtful things whilst drunk is a possibility, saying hurtful things whilst drunk and being encouraged to do so is a definite!
          I’m no internet troll but I think those that filmed the so-called tirade are responsible for inciting racial hatred. Obviously it was a lot easier to shine the spotlight on a celebrity genius than some media hungry nobodies.

  13. Lou

    June 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I will read it but will not excuse him. He was absolutely my favorite for many, many years. He’s brilliant. But I will not forget the images I saw and his words.

  14. Michael Scott

    June 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    People need to learn forgiveness and have some mercy. People do regret their mistakes and people do learn and and people do change. People have to be forgiven their mistakes otherwise we do not evolve. I have always admired his talent and always will.

    • Kris J H shim

      June 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      I don’t think so ur mind. many people regret their mistakes, but his mistake is so terrible. Have you some forgiveness and mercy about hitler’s mistake? mistake? whatever.

      • Michael Beattie

        June 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

        Your argument is absurd and heavy handed. I forgive John Galliano. I want to see what he does next.

  15. Katherine

    June 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Regardless of his actions he has always been and will always be a brilliant designer. Dior is truly not the same without him.

  16. Sue

    June 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I agree with Qameraman.

  17. Vanesaa

    June 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    He’s a genius and he’s human. That’s all.

    • westcoasttiger

      June 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

      I prefer to honor true contrition that comes from introspection rather than regret from being witnessed by too many observers to deny a transgression. Those that defend Galliano due to his drunkenness need to consider how long he has harbored his true feelings among his peers and consumers. Whether it’s hate towards Jews or Italian women or gays, hate is hate and is most damaging when simmering beneath the surface, coupled with influence and power. Is two years enough time to change? Perhaps but he’s not the only well-known individual to have paid a price professionally. Fashion design is wonderful but is still merely a luxury relative to what happened a mere 70 years ago.

      • Celia

        June 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        Very well said. I’m 100% in agreement with you. The man is a real artist, but the public has to reconcile this with the fact that as a person, he harbors some repugnant beliefs. Perhaps the lesson for us to learn is one about the pitfalls of idolatry. As for him, it seems that he has yet to learn his.

  18. milex

    June 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    No matter what you say he is my god

  19. Susana

    June 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve always considered him a true genius, and I feel that the theatricality of Dior was lost when he left. He’s unique in his point of view, and makes fashion the stuff of dreams, which is especially attractive in haute couture.

    Although open bigotry should not be excused, there are many people, famous even, who are biased, but because they curtail themselves to what’s politically correct, no one knows…that doesn’t mean they don’t “hate” someone for their race, age, culture, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

    I saw the original video, and the first thing I thought was that the women in it were pushing him to get angry and say whatever crossed his mind at the time. Being high, it obviously didn’t take him long…that said, as human beings we all know exactly what to say to “bother” or “offend” others, and I think that is what he did during his now famous tirade…Was he made an example? Yes, but it’s time to let his genius inspire us once again…I REALLY hope to see him back soon!


    • Wayde

      June 5, 2013 at 3:08 am

      Too true, I totally agree, the women had the camera rolling and literally egged him on. They encouraged him to speak out about their religion and I view the entire episode with a dubious mind.

    • Peter

      February 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I totally agree. Thank you.

  20. Deen

    June 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    So- holding on and not moving forward serves what purpose?

    The word fag and people killed or beat up still continues

    and it appears to still be pushed aside

    If we are going to call attention for one lets call it for all

  21. Anna Z.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Alcohol addiction is a monster & if you’ve lived it yourself or with a loved one, you know it’s destructive power. Galliano is a recovering addict who deserves to be listened to. If he is sincere & can maintain his sobriety, he’s earned a chance to pick up the pieces & recreate his career. Punishing him forever doesn’t help anyone.

    • Juanita

      June 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I completely agree – coming into and staying in recovery tells me that he’s serious about overcoming active addiction. It would be nice to see a little more compassion and open mindedness!

  22. Kris J H Shim

    June 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t understand to his racism.
    That’s a too old mind to one of a trendy fashion people.
    I really hate him.
    And his mind is pretty dangerous more than anorexia nervosa in fashion

    • Amel

      June 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

      but you r human too, you just used the word hate. I wonder what will you say about him if you were drunk?
      The man’s talent is undeniable. He made a mistake and paid for it. Enough.

  23. carole

    June 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I can’t wait to read the article. i have always been a fan of John Galliano and still wear some of his beautiful pieces. Although I am Jewish, I didn’t take the same offense as others did at his remarks. I believe that he, like so many creative geniuses, are tortured souls.
    They are under such pressure to produce and are so scrutinized about everything they do.
    I don’t excuse what he said, but I think a lot of people need to remember that forgiveness is a great virtue.

  24. Erica

    June 5, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I’m quite interested to read. Love that water shot!


  25. abigail

    June 5, 2013 at 1:56 am

    can’t wait to read the full article. my mind isn’t totally made up about him yet so i am very open to hearing his side of things. regardless as to what kind of person he is, there’s no denying that he is a genius when it comes to design.


  26. Jaygo

    June 5, 2013 at 3:08 am

    ‘Racism’ is the new unforgivable sin. This guy’s problem is not racism, but addiction and a surrounding milieu of mindless sycophants, who will all now do a 180 and love him twice as much. There’s a context for everything.

    • CBC

      June 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

      nothing new about racism….too much blood spilt….

      • Jaygo

        June 7, 2013 at 6:35 am

        Indeed. The question is what’s being lumped together in the sin bin. A drunken insult versus a whole political program of racial vilification. There are too many people riding very high horses on this. A sense of scale and context is what I’m arguing for. Many people who are victims of life threatening racism in their own countries become the unwanted and much vilified asylum seekers around the world. Test your principles on a few different cases before you parade them around.

  27. Une petite Bruxelloise

    June 5, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Noone’s mind should be made up when it comes to human behaviours. People do far worse than irresponsible and hurtful comments when drunk.

  28. Lars Terje Gudem Hansen

    June 5, 2013 at 5:37 am

    This is truly amazing! Holding my breath until then.

  29. LesFleurs

    June 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

    He talked spiteful bigoted poison and that’s just stupid from a public figure in a public place, however drunk or addled he may have been, but I don’t think the man’s one of the great thinkers of our time. I recall wondering what had happened in the lead up to his stream of bile, what had provoked it? I recall feeling strongly that he was incoherently defending himself and they were already videoing him for a reason, so that whole event remains somewhat sketchy in my mind. We only saw the conclusion of a process and although I don’t doubt his anger or desire to hurt, I’m not convinced the opinions expressed were sincerely held or strongly considered and I do wonder how one gets onto that subject arbitrarily and spontaneously; how did they reach that point? Stupid and nasty of him; he was an idiot, but a lot of creative people and their lives don’t bear close scrutiny. He’s paid a professional price; he’s forever tainted by it; and I think it’s time to move on. He a was foul-mouthed fashion ninny that night, but not actually Joseph Mengele.
    Ava Gardner I met several times in London; she was the real deal, lived a fascinating life and preserved her mystique, but then she could make her mistakes, express contrition and remedy her errors without them being filmed and then sold by some dubious strangers in a bar.
    As a general rule; never meet your heroes you will find that they are all too human.

    • Andrew S

      June 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

      LesFleurs this is the most thoughtful and constructive comment so far. No one likes a biggot but comparisons with Hitler are just silly- so I will do my best to read the article with an open mind. The question is also one of his ability to recapture some of his former creative genuis or if, in fact, this episode has affected to him to the extent that he has effectively become a spent force.

      • LsFleurs

        June 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

        I’m no apologist for bigotry, he was a potty-mouthed fool no mistaking. However, I do think the context of that film bears some consideration;. as a gay man, he would himself have been gassed under the Nazis so why would he, looking a little like a Vegas lounge-act pirate, while sitting alone in a bar in the Marais which, before the war, was a largely Jewish but is now mostly a gay district in Paris, end up spewing incoherent spiteful bile about gas chambers? Where did that discourse originate? I just can’t picture him mulling the Shoah or leafing through The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, I can barely picture him reading. I don’t think we know anything about him other than he’s very stupid and so are most of the responses he’s inspired. I’m sure his talent is intact, comments about gas chambers will have little historical resonance in east and south asian markets. At question is whether he can be rehabilitated brand-wise and, as his reputation has been defined by the west there’s clearly still a major PR job to be done and this may be an opening salvo in that campaign. Let’s not forget that brands like Porsche, and Mercedes used slave labour from concentration camps and BASF actually manufactured the gas for the chambers and yet no one seems to worry about their products today. I think we can afford to give the stupid drunk a break.

        • westcoasttiger

          June 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

          You’re right LesFleurs – we all have lines to consider crossing or not. We are all here commenting because we love and enjoy fashion – a luxury to be sure. However, much like Galliano’s true colors coming to light, the working conditions in southeast Asia have now presented themselves into our consciousness. It’s not black and white – we want more affordable things but at what cost? Yes, working conditions for garment workers are deplorable and yet it’s relative – they still are making more than they would otherwise if Nike, Apple, etc. pulled out. All we can do is take note of information and make informative decisions that hopefully will enhance our enjoyment and help those less fortunate a world away. Do people deserve second chances? Yes but hopefully with enlightenment and not a result of idolatry.

          Thanks Scott for not only submitting wonderful photographs but fashion stories that provide food for thought.

  30. Nico

    June 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

    A discussed man with his faults but also a genius in his work!


  31. Sevan

    June 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I just have to say I missed this genius’ creations.

  32. CBC

    June 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Dior is on every run way……..

    • CBC

      June 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

      meant red carpet

  33. CBC

    June 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

    He can’t remember saying it………Oh No…….. he sounds like a dry drunk..

  34. Claudia

    June 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I love Galliano! He is a brilliant designer!

  35. Ana

    June 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Galliano is a genius!

  36. Name*

    June 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Excellent designer; a true genius. He deserves a comeback!

  37. elise

    June 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    to the guy who says “who cares about slandering other religions”:

    a) look around you. look at what’s going on around the world. people are killing each other over this, and always have. you can’t discard it as irrelevant.

    b) galiano did not just slander the jewish faith, he talked about “your people would have died in concentration camps”.

  38. Noelle

    June 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    A technical genius with the mind of an old bigot. Too many archaic men in fashion.

  39. coline

    June 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    curious to see what he has to say!


  40. Juanita

    June 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Well – everyone deserves a second chance – Sorry, but they really DO. It’s unfortunate for him that his alcoholic/addict rock bottom should have been so high profile and public. Recovery is a great thing and takes courage and humility. Of course, antisemitism is vile as it any kind of judgement on race or creed but it is a pity if John Galliano becomes a scapegoat for ALL the people who have ever made this kind of mistake.

  41. M

    June 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    For all that it is worth I just wanted to these few comments. I knew John Galliano in the 80s. We were students at St Martin’s at the same time and worked in the evenings at the same job. So I saw him socially quite often. During those less politically correct times, when he had no reputation to lose, he never ever once made a racist comment. He did say lots of outrageous – and often funny – things to elicit a dramatic response! A characteristic that is evident in his design.
    What he said on that drunken night is inexcusable and never acceptable. But he has expressed contrition and tried to understand why he did what he did. He should be encouraged in this. He has an illness and it is called alcoholism, that makes a lot of people do and say the most dreadful things.
    I wish him well and hope he carries on recovering form this illness. I also hope he returns to the world of design and produces the beautiful things he is capable of bringing to our world.
    As for those who condemn him a little to easily, maybe a leap of imagination is needed to understand his condition.

    • Jaygo

      June 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Thanks for this perspective. To badge someone “a racist” and in doing so deny them all good qualities is just so simplistic, and I don’t like the tone of righteous zealotry in some of the responses he has provoked. I also don’t like the culture he was part of at the time.

    • roelien

      June 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      hear hear!

  42. elise

    June 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    i agree with you Juanita – noone should have to take the blame for someone else, let alone EVERYONE else!
    and just generally speaking, i hope he gets back amongst the living.

  43. Baking Soda

    June 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    He deserves a come back, he is brilliant, he is human, after all… Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…

  44. Miriam

    June 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm


    You’re saying, “his side of the story”, as if what Galliano said can be interpreted in more than one way, or, worse than that, as if Galliano might be the victim of this story. My father’s brothers, ages 12, 10, 3 and 1, have been taken from their home In Budapest with their mother, to be murdered by the man Galliano declared love to, along with 6,000,000 other Jews. So, to answer your question – yes, my mind is quite made up: what he said is horrendous.

    Having said that, I believe that Galliano should have a second chance, not because what he did was not shameful or because there’s another side to his story, but despite that.

    Jerusalem, Israel

  45. Lauren

    June 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    As a fellow human, I won’t wish him ill will. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I don’t wish him any further success. It would be great if we all got a second chance, wouldn’t it? Even those slaughtered in gas chambers due to the hatred Galliano expressed. Whatever does happen to him should happen to him because that’s the way universe rolls.

    • Gail

      June 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Lauren, I totally agree with you! When I first saw this, my first thought was “Why is this guy getting any more publicity?” Granted, nearly everyone agrees that Galliano is a very talented man. But his talent does not excuse the awful things he said. And he sure as hell isn’t the only great designer in the world. I’m sure that there are lots of gifted young designers out there that would kill for even a small percentage of the fame and fortune Galliano has had. Why not give someone new a break?

      If he was truly sorry for what he did, he would have made an effort to do something about his alcoholism, such as going to rehab. As far as I know, he hasn’t done this. And he would have also done something to make amends with the Jewish people, such as making a huge donation to one of their charities. Had Galliano done any of these things, I would be much more sympathetic to him. But there’s a huge difference between being genuinely sorry and just being sorry that one was caught. Galliano is in the latter category.

      • Juanita

        June 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Gail, I think you will find that John Galliano completed in patient treatment in Arizona, US where there are at least 3 world class addiction rehabilitation centres. He also regularly attends AA meeting in the US and has made an effort towards amending his wrongs. Maybe he now had enough humility and dignity to not need to make a loud and very public donation to the Jewish cause. Just because it’s not in the papers, doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened – also please remember that AA is an ANONYMOUS programme!

  46. comme fraiche

    June 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    This looks like an advertisement for LL Bean or Orvis- perhaps John is testing new waters

  47. robyn

    June 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    It’s so good to see people are forgiving of this super talented person. I look forward to the article, and the future of Galliano.

    Thanks for posting this.


  48. Stephen

    June 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    let he who is without sin throw the first stone.
    Galliano is an incredible designer with an ego bigger than his talent. Its a problem not uncommon with many artists. He made a mistake but don´t we say to err is human but to forgive is divine. I´d never have fired him and even though fall winter 11/12 was his last official collection his input till this year has been evident. I think Dior are struggling without him and the rapid share price growth has already slowed, which from a purely business point of view means investors are a little unsettled. I think it would be great if he came back

  49. Name*

    June 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Of course racism brings up strong emotions, and rightly so. The lesson from all the horrible acts committed across time towards many races and minorities of society is that we are all very much similar as humans, it’s just the small details that divide our thinking and lives. Humans are fragile, and we all say and do things throughout life that we regret at some point, and wish we hadn’t, but this is very different from someone who dedicates a lot of thought to hatred and perverse views towards a particular type or group of people.
    When I see the footage of Galliano, I see a convinient 20 seconds of someone being a bitchy queen who feels like they are under attack, and therefore saying the most ridiculous and hidious thought that has come into their head as retaliation.
    Galliano is quite obvioiusly blind drunk, and the people filming him seem to be goading him and bringing this conversation to an awful climax which we see on film. It also would seem that these people know they can use this footage against this man, and did so. We never see what preceded his infamous comments, and what these people were in turn saying to him to illicit his response. It’s very easy to make a black and white judgement against someone when the evidence is so one sided; and in turn it is simplistic black and white judgements that produce racism in the first place.
    Destroying a man’s life over a thoughtless and hurtful comment is hateful in itself. I’m sure he has suffered much more over this incident than the people who filmed him that night.
    I suppose the good that has come out of this is that the whole horrible ordeal probably saved Galliano’s life. I hope that he can work again, and bring beauty to the world for us all to enjoy, and be inspired by.

  50. Liz Rice-Sosne

    June 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    This guy is an anti-Semite. Enough said!

  51. Alessia

    June 7, 2013 at 2:42 am

    taken from the hobbit..


  52. Lauren

    June 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    My philosophy is not to forgive and forget. It’s “To forgive is to divine, and to forget is stupid.” Forgiving doesn’t mean we have to engage in any sort of relationship with those who demonstrate hateful behavior like antisemetism thinking it’s not going to resurface and bite us again. It means to say, for our own good, ok, I’m not holding a grudge, and make relationships with those in our lives who safe and are capable of something better.

  53. Keira

    June 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I’m from Poland and I will never forget his words about holocaust. His ignorance is not acceptable. He’s a bad man and his talent has nothing to do with it. I don’t want to read this interview, people don’t change.

  54. Holly

    June 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I find it frankly quite odd that so many people say, “I forgive him” or “I don’t forgive him” as if it really makes any difference. Whether Galliano works again of not is by no means in the hands of the general public. He has been tried according to French law, and will pay a fine. If people think that this is insufficient punishment, then their issue should be with the French legal system. However, the law is the law, once you’ve been tried and punished, I don’t think you should be tainted with that crime forever (unless it makes you a danger to others). There are many other famous people who have committed far worse crimes that this who continue to work and who remain untouched by their past. I can think of one film director in particular who cannot return to the states because of an unresolved sexual abuse case. He hasn’t been prevented from continuing to work and release films, and this won’t prevent Galliano from continuing to design and create. And really, if he’s paid for his crime as the law has decided, it shouldn’t.

    • berenger

      June 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Yeah, it apalls me that Polanski is still embraced by the movie biz. I find it offensive when tv channels show his – often morally dubious – films without explanation that he is a peadophile. If this were a debate about him, I would not change my stance.

  55. Scart

    June 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Er, my mind’s already made up, for all the reasons cited above. In vino veritas.

  56. Annie

    June 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    He isn’t a descent person. The outfit he wore to the Dior show was proof. Most people have been drunk and said stupid things, but not in praise of Hitler and not by mocking the community they insulted. For me personally, it has always been hard to separate the art from the artist, no matter how great the talent.

    • Wayde

      June 11, 2013 at 3:41 am

      Sorry; which outfit are you referring to?

      • Annie

        June 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Look at telegraph.co.uk for 14 February, 2013. For me, his outfit was inexcusable. If he didn’t intend anything by it, then he is certainly insensitive, especially for one who is in the fashion biz.

  57. anna

    June 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    What he said was stupid. He is paying the consequences of being an addict. This is really an example of what substance-abuse can do to a person. What he said was horrible and unforgivable to those who faced persecution for being Jewish. I can understand that.

    It sounds like he has a lot of demons to fight. In any case, as a person who has faced racism, I can say that I think it’s really ironic that the fashion industry has turned against him, when in fact ….the fashion industry is completely racist.

    Let’s be honest, Dior doesn’t even feature models of color. They don’t even really have a real wide range of foundation for dark skin. They didn’t even include a dark shade of BB Creme in their most recent line. And I loved how Prada’s Spring 2013 collection was Asian inspired but only could manage to feature one token Asian model. (Wasn’t Prada cited for featuring two black models in 20 years?)

    I know his rant was against Jewish people…but if we are going to call Galliano a racist, then I have a entire list of designers who should be examined as well. They just do it quietly and diplomatically.

    Anyhow, I think JG is a reflection of the ugly side of the fashion industry and he was fool enough to make a public-drunken announcement of it.

  58. randy

    June 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Anna, marvelous, wonderful, Anna! it took your great words to finally get me to sign on to this blog. you may darling took the words right out of my mouth! what hypocrites these so called fashion people are. always wanting color as long as it’s only the fabrics that are so.

  59. maven

    June 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

    In his first sentence he refers to the Jewish people as a “race”. No need to read any more.

  60. Blaise

    June 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I still haven’t seen the video but have read excerpts of his interview. If he was really being sincere (based in the excerpts), then I would really admire. It takes so much humility to admit mistakes.

  61. Haizat Said

    June 19, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Bring back Galliano!

  62. Laurent Cussac

    June 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    ” Let he without sin cast the first stone” As Jesus said to those about to stone a woman to death for certain transgressions. How may among us has never made the mistake Galliano made? How many can say that they are totally free from all expressions or thoughts of bigotry?
    If Vanity Fair forgives him -implied by the publication of the article- it seems as if the healing and forgiveness has begun. He should be welcomed back and restored to his position. Let us all enjoy the genius in his work. Perhaps this will help repair his soul and psyche.

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