Friday, February 25, 2011

John Galliano Suspended!

So by now you have all heard the news.

Dior has suspended John Galliano while they investigate the alleged anti-Semitic remarks that landed the designer in jail last night.

So, I understand and agree with the Dior zero-tolerence policy regarding race and religion, but isn’t suspending someone based solely on allegation a little hasty? I thought that, even in Paris, you’re considered innocent till proven guilty.

I always say that sports are so much more evolved in this type of situation than the fashion industry. In sports, when an athlete is accused of something, his teammates and manager usually support the player until the accusations are more deeply investigated.

Basically, Dior just threw their star designer under the bus based on the word of strangers with no “reported” third party eyewitness account of the actual events. That ,to me, is the real issue at this stage of the game.

Do you think Dior did the right thing?

I bet the fashion conspiracy theorists are going nuts with potential schemes and dreams about what is really happening behind the scenes of this drama.


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  1. Fashion Clown

    February 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    it came as a chock to me
    i don't think they should've suspended Galliano so quickly and hastily
    i hope more investistigation done for this

  2. Jilia

    February 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I'm genuinely surprised. I mean the industry is so openly sizeist, can they really act all holier-than-thou at alleged racist comments? The mentality isn't so different.

  3. Vermine

    February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Race and religions are the last taboos.

    And abruptly rejecting any discusssions about them only makes the problem worse.

    We'll have to face those issues one day or another.

    This hasty moral judgement is just the manifestation of our fears.

    It sure isn't glorious.

  4. Julnyes

    February 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    If they'd fired him, I would say it was hasty and too much but they suspended him. I am assuming he will be able to resume his work if the charges prove false.

  5. penelopephoebe

    February 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    What a disgrace!

  6. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    It is probably too hasty and he should be considered innocent until he is declared guilty (if he ever is). But I understand Dior's decision here. What is at stake is the image of the brand and I imagine Dior cannot afford that type of bad publicity right before PFW.

  7. elxoxodetuprima

    February 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I am absolutely disguested with Dior CEO's attitude.

    you don't punish a person untill he/she is proved guilty.

  8. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    This may sound crass but when it comes to businesses, appearances are all the more important. Dior is likely thinking of their Semetic customers, right along with having no tolerance for anti-Semetic remarks for purely moral reasons.

  9. Angie Muresan

    February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I agree with Anonymous @ 4:41pm.
    Still, while it should be 'innocent until proven guilty,' it mostly is 'guilty until proven innocent.'

  10. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    are these comments going to be moderated for "only positive commentary as well?"

  11. my.amalgam

    February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    wow still a shock.

    im going to have to do more research until i agree with one side, we do only know what the media has released, which we all know can sometimes be twisted.

  12. Greggy

    February 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    shocked they would so hastily suspend, however if proven too be true, regardless of how much he had to drink, there must be repercussions

  13. Nini

    February 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    You are basing it on the information of a Reuters newswire report. Unless you are privvy to insider information that you are not sharing, there's not enough facts to judge either Galliano or Dior.

    And I think athletes are the worst people to provide as an example. Particularly professional athletes. Often, people around the athlete will protect him because he is a valuable asset to the team, not because the allegations are false.

  14. Yajaira

    February 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    WOW that's messed up!
    I totally agree with you
    Dior should have help Galliano until the end. I mean come on!
    You don't just suspend someone for just allegations.
    If galliano is guilty then that's another story.

    I don't think that Galliano at this moment makes the brand look bad.. I think Dior looks bad by not supporting Galliano until he's proved guilty.

  15. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Is he in jail just for something he said or was there some type of threat or violence involved?

    I think Dior should support the notion of innocent until proved guilty. If he really did make anti-Semitic remarks he can be suspended when it is proven. This rush to prove political correctness has gotten out of hand and many people have fallen victim through no fault of their own.

    I have also read a rumor that Dior wants to get rid of Galliano anyway and they are now taking advantage of the current situation – don't know if this is true though.

    Either way it makes one wonder about the working environment at Dior.

  16. Noadi

    February 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    He's been suspended not fired. This isn't an unusual occurrence for an employer to suspend an employee who's arrested pending the outcome of an investigation.

  17. Kate

    February 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I was so suprised at this, such a shame as well with all the up and coming shows, lets just hope he's proven innocent

  18. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I think you've said it all.

  19. A

    February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    This may not be strike no. 1 and they've managed to keep other occurrences under wraps. I'm sure there's more going on, like you say, behind the scenes.

  20. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Wow that came out of nowhere, since when Galliano is antisemitic?

    If it's true,he's done, like Mel Gibson and all the others

  21. liu markos

    February 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I am absolutely outraged with their attitude…..I would never think… a million years…that this could possibly happen……I feel like going back in time…….I don't feel like this is the 21st century…….Dior's attitude is unacceptable!

    Galliano..might be wrong….or not….but still…this is a designer that really revived Dior….in the last years…and…to be totally candid and honest with you…if I were in Galliano's shoes….I would not go back at Dior……

  22. Nora Schu

    February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I completely agree with you.
    I think Dior's CEO's have absolutely no work ethic or loyalty.

    They could have released a different type of statement about the situation. They didn't have to suspend him.

  23. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I think they wouldn't act so quick if they don't know what they are doing. There must be some truth to it. Galliano is HUGE…and you don't just throw a person as BIG & as Respectable as that …unless you do know it is to be a very big reality. DIOR is as big if not bigger bigger than HIM yet come to think of it, they should know that Galliano can sue them with millions if wrongfully accused of something that kicked him out of his gig.JUST SAYIN'
    HE IS A GENIUS>>>BUT HE IS NOT A SAINT…Vice Versa with the whole Dior empire.The need each other so let's see.

  24. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hopefully in the future we will all look to professional sports because their policies are so 'evolved'. I for one loved that we had a rapist as one of the star quarterbacks in the Super Bowl this year. Almost as much as I loved many of the commentators excusing his off the field actions because he had 'redeemed' himself by his on the field play.

    This kind of thing happens again and again and is just swept under the rug over time. Look at Kobe, Vick, etc etc etc.

  25. domi

    February 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    OK, I totally agree that any kind of anti-Semitism should be condemned, but come on, Dior's stand is not fair. When it's great – we're team, but when someone "is reported to act not properly" – you're on your own? They should investigate it more thoroughly and let Galliano speak first. Honestly, I can't imagine John Galliano being anit-Semite or anti-anything actually!

  26. Robert

    February 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Sounds to me like Dior may have been pondering letting JG go and now may have found a 'valid' reason for firing him.
    If the facts prove to be in JG's favor, what does this say about Dior and their managements lack of defense of their designer ?
    Very confusing and troubling and the reports of what actually happened are all over the place depending on what media source one is reading.

  27. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I am more surprised that Dior did anything, given the general anti-semitic climate in France these days. It has only decrease slightly in Paris in the past year, and if you go to Lyon, Marseille, Nice or Toulon it is very pronounced.

  28. Sheryl

    February 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I am very shocked at this, I absolutely agree with you.


  29. Giraffe

    February 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    he is suspended not fired. there is no problem for me.

  30. Averroes

    February 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    It's the best way to manage the image of Dior and to take some distance between the man (he spoke as a man and not as a Dior employee) and the Maison.
    He is suspended and not fired.

    I think Dior learned their lesson from the Guerlain case about the N-word.

  31. CT

    February 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Suspension is not the same thing as termination. They have every right to pause while the matter is investigated. I definitely think they did the right thing.

  32. UnaBb

    February 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Wow.That's a really shocking thing..I think Galliano is one of a kind and Dior can't be Dior without that Galliano vibe.

  33. dressingup-everyday

    February 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Mr. Toledano (Sephardic Jewish) has suspended Galliano for "zero-tolerence for anti-semitic remarks".Each draw their own conclusions.

  34. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Well, I think that considering the french state of mind (I am French), it would've been worse for Dior's image not to do something about Galliano's possible anti-semitic remarks.

  35. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I think I recall my french teacher saying that in France, you actually are considered guilty until proven innocent – not sure if that is entirely relevant, or even true, but may be something to consider

  36. Vfriedrich

    February 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    In Europe, I believe the system is different: instead of being innocent until proving guilty, one is suspected as guilty until proven innocent. I watched the Amanda Knox story on Lifetime the other night, and the same type of discussion arose between my husband and I. He's a lawyer so he filled me in. Valerie

  37. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    What does this "even in Paris" could possibly mean?

  38. CousinConnor

    February 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Wake up and smell the roses fashion people! There is prejudice In all walks of life and the fashion industry is in no position to think it is excluded from this? The guy has reportedly compromised his company's rep so it is the right thing to suspend him until the investigation takes place.


    February 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    can't believe it. so surreal. i don't know what it will be like without him. especially since he was just deemed to design kate middleton's wedding dress.

  40. Melissa

    February 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I think the sports analogy is disgraceful in the wake of the horrendous way quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's rape charges were mishandled by fanboy cops and the NFL, which would ignore a freaking snuff film if acknowledging it meant losing a star player. I wholeheartedly agree with Dior.

  41. Deni

    February 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This is unbelievable ….what a shock ! I love him…and Now
    Im wondering whats gonna happen to dior without him :(((

  42. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Look forward to the newly jail-inspired Autum-Winter show!

  43. NYBoy

    February 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Without taking side, I would like to add a significant fact to the discussion, Sart:

    LVMH was strongly criticized last October for not reacting and condemning quickly enough some outrageously racist words from Jean-Paul Guerlain.
    The polemic was quite huge in France and most definitely played a part in today's events.

  44. A

    February 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I wouldn't be surprised if he is proven innocent but leaves Dior anyway, and it will be their own fault if they lose his genius.

  45. Kat Martindale

    February 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Did Dior do the right thing? No. And I'm glad I'm not the only one shocked by this action, particularly when Mr Galliano has been working with them for so long.

  46. PriscillaW8

    February 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    OMG, that's nuts! I am in total shock!

  47. jesse.anne.o

    February 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I'm with @Nini & Anonymous @5:02:

    "And I think athletes are the worst people to provide as an example. Particularly professional athletes. Often, people around the athlete will protect him because he is a valuable asset to the team, not because the allegations are false."

    I don't think I'd look to a profession that's stood beside rapists and systemic animal abusers as something to emulate.

    If they didn't suspend him or distance themselves from him in some way, people would be calling them out for it, as well.

  48. Marisa Alma

    February 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I think in France you are considered guilty until proven innocent. However, I don't he should be suspended for one remark. He was drunk and stressed. I think we are losing our freedom of speech, the spontaneity of normal discourse in under assault. Ridiculous.

  49. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Perhaps its not so much the allegation of the remarks he made but rather that he was PUT INTO JAIL!! come on people! It doesn't matter what he did – the fact that it landed him in jail is what Dior is really concerned about. It could have been a DUI, assult, or any other charge – going to jail is bad press regardless of the reason.

  50. couturecoco

    February 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I feel Dior acted far too hastily with no good reason or logic. However, it is France and it seems to be things are either too hasty or not at all….
    Quelle domage.

  51. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    They did the right thing. Anti-semitism is a VERY serious issue, particularly in Paris. Guilty until proven innocent, fine. But they do place people in jail until they have been put on trial or their innocence (or guilt) has been proven. Think about the policy behind that.

    Also, I wouldn't compare the handling of athletes to that of fashion designers. Very different worlds.

  52. Emma Gordon

    February 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Oh my god, what is wrong with you people? Racism is MESSED UP. This is really serious! I mean, if an American designer were suspended from his company because he said something racist toward black or latino people, wouldn't you all be up in arms? Is this just because anti-semitism isn't considered racism these days?

    I am truly appalled at the lack of sensitivity in this post. Just because he is an amazing artist doesn't mean he is free of prejudice and it certainly doesn't mean that we should support him unwaveringly in his bigotry. (Alleged or no).

  53. Rebs

    February 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    How do we know they acted hastily? I'm sure we are not privy to the details. Personally, I think it's great that Dior is standing up against racism, whatever might have happened between Galliano and the 'Asian' (from what I read). For brands, reputation is extremely important and I believe that Dior is protecting their image. The last thing our world needs is racist 'role models' or 'people in the public eye' to spread hatred and nasty comments.

  54. haleysuzanne

    February 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I am not surprised. Having worked in the corporate world, of which Dior is clearly a part, for the better part of the last two decades – most businesses handle these sorts of situations in the same manner. If a major breach of policy is brought to the attention of the organization, the potential offender is usually suspended (with pay, I might add) until an internal investigation determines whether that person is guilty, per se. If not, they return to work. If guilty, appropriate disciplinary action is taken. This is usually to prevent influencing individuals in the workplace and allows for the investigation to take place without action.

    Likewise, since anti-Semitic remarks are illegal in France, I understand the house wanting to exercise absolute certainty in this situation.

  55. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    This is mad!
    The French press reports that Galliano allegedly told the woman –in English– that she was a "dirty Jewish face". C'mon people…does this sound like the words of an Anglophone, even a drunk one? Isn't it slightly suspect that this is the literal translation of the French slur "une sale tĂŞte juive"? There are also reports in the French press from other witnesses maintaining that no racial or religious slurs were uttered. I already posted this in the NY Times, but I have no particular affinity for Galliano, however, as a simple citizen I feel that something is not right here. Shouldn't one be considered innocent until proven guilty?
    Dior should have supported their employee and waited until if and when Galliano was proven guilty of the alleged slurs before they suspended him. I am suspicious of how quickly this happened (not to mention the semantics of the alleged slur.) I suspect that it'll come to light that Toledano wanted to get rid of Galliano and this was an expedient way to do it… Most likely so as not to have to pay Galliano the astronomical golden parachute he's legally entitled to by French law. I also suspect that the couple who registered the complaint will probably "settle out of court" (for a tidy sum…and a couple of shiny new handbags.)
    Last thing: @ anonymous who mentions that Toledano is a Sephardic Jew: so is Galliano's lawyer. Let's not throw gasoline on the fire.

  56. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Fashion people should stick to what they do best…make clothes. Leave the political posturing to, gee, let's see, almost anyone else.

    Obviously the couple Mr. G insulted was not clever enough to return the favor. "He called me a bad word" is hardly amusing. Please grow up.

  57. Ben

    February 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Perhaps Dior suspended him because they know things we don't – they might be aware that this behavior, if true, has been expressed from him before.

  58. Stacy

    February 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I can’t say I 100% agree with your analogy. Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers was suspended for the first 6 games this past season for a rape he wasn’t convicted of. Although I would bet Ben did rape that girl, it was never proven, yet he was suspended on the grounds that his conduct reflected negatively on the NFL. So perhaps the NFL isn't as far along as we’d like them to be either.

  59. Ana Elisa L.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I think it's too much. Indeed if proof that he is guilty Dior should do something but it isn't yet. So calm down people, a litle more trust don't hurt.

  60. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I think Dior just doesn't want to be associated with any anti-Semetic remarks, regardless of whether it was true or not.

  61. Sophie Mhabille

    February 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    In my opinion Dior has over reacted

  62. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Well, yes, aren't people usually suspending while investigation is going on? At least, I don't think that's uncommon in the Northern part of Europe. (I'm from Norway.)

  63. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    So now they can hire Hedi Slimane back. Right?

  64. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I read in the paper that he was violent and insulted people and there are witnesses. He was even released from jail much faster than any normal person would have been in this situation. He is very talented but it does not justify defending him like that. I am sure that Dior management made this decision based on the facts.

  65. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    seems a little soon to comment either way–not enough info.

  66. Monia

    February 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    In fashion I guess the difference is that it directly affects the brand, while at sports it is mainly at first hand just the sportsperson.
    By this, I am not saying that Dior did the right human thing, but they try to keep their brand with the politically correct reputation.

  67. k

    February 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I don't know, maybe from the point of view of LVMH, it's too dangerous to keep on a designer who invites any sort of race/alcohol related controversy. If they hadn't acted so quickly, the press around Galliano's actions might have been detrimental to their large accounts. It's the luxury business after all, not a sports team. They can't in good conscious have it degenerate in to a media fanfare, so I am somewhat inclined to agree with their quick removal of Galliano.

    He'll be back, he's too much of a star not to return to the company. Everyone just needs a bit of time to calm down, have Paris Fashion Week pass without incident forget that this ever happened, if it is an innocent misunderstanding.

  68. Laura

    February 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    People get suspended all the time for allegations or at the very least put on paid leave. He wasn't fired over allegations, he was suspended. This is a common practice for most large companies. So I'm more surprised that you're surprised frankly. You just can't mess around with this stuff from either a legal or PR perspective. My god, the PR nightmare for Dior! My $0.02 is that they did the right thing to act swiftly. In the same breath we hear the allegations we hear the suspension. Kudos to them for that.

  69. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I don't see any problem with suspending an employee during an investigation—doesn't that often happen? It's very unfortunate timing though.

    I believe him going to jail was over the drunkeness/alleged racial slurs/physical contact in a public place, and was a decision made by the police.

    Being stressed and/or drunk does not excuse any racial remarks slipping out—I agree with Dior's zero tolerance policy. However, sometimes people are eager to see political incorrectness where there really isn't any. Hard to say without knowing what was said. Still, I think Dior's response is called for.

    I hope they investigate it quickly!

  70. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    To Marisa Alma (5:39): europeans don't live in trees anymore, and in France, as in all UE countries, when you go to trial you are innocent until proven guilty by the ministère de la Republique, and no defendant is ever judged without being advised by a lawyer.

  71. Carrie

    February 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    First of all, something probably questionable had to be said in order for it to get misconstrued, if the investigation finds that is the case. And if he did say something anti-Semitic, shame on Galliano. Fashion should know no religion, and it seems as well traveled and cosmopolitan as he is, that should never have been a problem. I'm disappointed either way.

  72. from greece with love

    February 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    In any case, it'll be interesting to see how this unfolds..

  73. Gaidig

    February 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I am with Julnyes and others who reiterate that suspension is not termination. In fact, suspension of anyone who has been put in jail is appropriate, while the investigation is pursued. Dior could make supportive comments like American sports teams might, but suspension is the appropriate move there too.

    Also, it is important to consider the implications of Dior being a French company with high international presence. If they had simply ignored it, then we would be hearing about echos of Vichy. Being French means they have to take it more seriously than an American sports team that only Americans care about anyway.

  74. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I think Dior is very concerned with its public image.
    I don't disagree with the way they handled it. I think most people assume that racism is not as prevalent anymore but in fact racism still exist very widely. Because it's more harshly criticized, people do not dare to express racism as openly. But that doesn't mean most people aren't racist.

    So, suspension is warranted.

  75. Emilie

    February 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I think that there are more to consider than if you are guilty till proven or not in this case. Also, for you, the sartorialist, as an american you have to realize how america and Europe are very different in regards to our history with anti-semitism and racism. I think with the current neo-nationalism we are seeing all over europe it makes sense to want to disinguis you from anything related to that. He might be a brilliant designer, but noone is irreplaceble, and the companys image is more important.

    Also, I dont think its the place as the sartorialist as a blog to be political in this way. It makes me wonder if you agree with gallianos said quotes?

  76. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    They are throwing him under the busa bit, but it's not very comparable to the world of sports. In those cases, you're talking about a sports team, not a major corporation like the one Galliano works for.

  77. Biaa

    February 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    No one really knows the situation at the moment, and it could be that Galliano is guilty of these charges. However, if he isn't, he should definitely be thinking of leaving Dior. How horrible is that?! They don't know what happened; they weren't witness to it. How can they offer such little support? Simply to distance themselves from a potential scandal and save their image. Well it doesn't bode well for their image, fans of the House knowing how clinical Dior is.

  78. jmacarthur

    February 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    In this type of situation Dior has made the correct decision. From the brand's perspective what if the accusations got loose and people were probing for further investigation. Would it dilute the brand? Would customers lose trust in them? Wouldn't we be having the same conversation but in an opposite context. Business wise "suspension" was a good way to go about this, in a month this will all blow over and Galliano will be back to designing his next great Spring 2012 line.

  79. Jeannine 520

    February 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I think they did the wrong thing in suspending him. I also think it's wrong he was tossed into jail based on someones accusations, it's not as if he's a danger to the public or destroying or stealing personal property. At worst he's an idiot who exercised some free speech and those around him know who he is. I don't really consider that a crime.

  80. The Photodiarist

    February 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I've heard conflicting reports — that he was angered by the people beside him and he cursed them, including making racial slurs — and that they provoked him and no slurs were made. Who knows. Also, Galliano is under contract. I am sure that the contract provides, in the finest print possible, that if Galliano does something or are alledged to have done something that in the Company's determination may detract or have the potential to detract from the company, there will be consequences, including suspension and/or termination. So, I am not surprised by Dior's actions. I am sure Dior calculated the risks of supporting Galliano on one hand and suspending him on the other — and it determined that the it would suffer less in the public eye by suspending him.

  81. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    In France, I believe you are guilty until proven innocent. Not every country runs their law enforcement system like the United States.

  82. ritournelleblog

    February 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    French newspaper Le Figaro had access to the police report and according to the article, the insults were indeed inacceptable and there were many witnesses that testified, so there is a high probability that all this happened.
    I agree with a previous commenter who is French like me. Had Dior done nothing about this, it would have been even worse. And that comes from someone who thinks Galliano is a genious and made me love fashion.

  83. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I think DIOR did the right thing.

    And most of the comments here are so disturbing.

    This is serious.

  84. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    the news said he had a high level of alcohol in his body at the time of his arrest – so basically he was drunk out of his mind and god knows what people say when they're drunk, is it impossible to be human anymore??? our premier in canada was caught drunk driving and he's still the damn premier! save galliano!

  85. Stephanie

    February 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I don't consider suspension to be a negative or positive judgment. If I had a colleague accused of such a thing I would not want to be distracted by the issue on a day to day basis by having them at work. For me it would seem much easier to have the professional space created while others get a clearer picture of what happened. Better for the person under investigation too so they don't do something on work time to complicate matters.

  86. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Dior doesn't seem to appreciate drunken designers calling people Asians.I totally agree. Even if he didn't say anything anti-Semitic.

    Its a symbolic act and good for Diors' image to distance itself from such drunken behavior.

  87. Patricia Ann

    February 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Well, suspension is quite different from being fired, the consequence is a lot less harsh for sure. Now if he was fired without being proven guilty, then yes, I agree with you that the punishment is a bit heavy handed. That said, given that Dior is a well known and respected brand, I can see why they had to take action in making sure people don't get the wrong idea in thinking they are tolerant of racism.

    Nevertheless, besides finding out whether or not Galliano is truly guilty of saying such remarks, I think it's also important to point out that as a respected fashion designer and representative of Dior, Galliano should know better to act accordingly within and outside the work place. According to the reports, the strangers insulted Galliano for his looks and in retort Galliano supposedly said those anti-semitic slurs. If that was the case, wouldn't it be better off if he just let it go especially if it was just about his looks?

    Patricia Ann

  88. davek48

    February 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I agree with you: I think that Dior can take a hard stance with their zero-tolerance policy while still showing some loyalty to someone who has been designing for them for so long. While they have very strong ties to France, they have an international audience that must be considered as well. If Galliano is going to get in trouble for what he has said, I think the people in a position of influence over him, must be 10 times more careful regarding any statements that get released.

    Regarding the sports analogy, the first thing that came to my mind was the scandals involving the athletes at my own college–the school completely failed to back up its own students at all in a past scandal and I think that it backfired and, in hindsight, reflected poorly on the university.

    There is far too much speculation and too little knowledge of what actually happened to justify such definitive actions – I've mostly been reading that he was not arrested and only went with the police to file an official statement. Dior management should realize that they are under a microscope and act accordingly.

  89. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    As much I admire Galliano, i do reckon racist comments, antisemitics or homophobia by anyone cannot be tolerated whatsoever!
    actually, I also admire Dior CEO firmness for taking a stand on such delicate matter so quickly.

  90. stylequote

    February 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I am with you Scott, also all the way behind John.

    In sports, suspension is agreed upon before the 'game' starts.

    Dior's reaction: disproportionate, haste, absurd and harmful comes as a slap in the hand to the couturier that injected new blood to the House.

    If Galliano is a gentleman, he will right this wrong and maybe reconsider working for LVMH which is NOT but only OWNS Dior.

    Shameful behaivour of the money handlers…as always.

    Talent will prevail, and Galliano will be Galliano at any measure.

  91. lunatig

    February 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I don't know of the details per se but it seems as if they are jumping the gun on this one.

  92. Kiki

    February 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    What John Galliano is suspended!
    What a pity.

    Btw, I totally agree with you.

  93. ADJ

    February 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Tricky situation indeed. I do think that people are innocent until proven guilty but the truth always lies somewhere in the middle. If Galliano did not make anti-Semitic statements, perhaps he was in the company of people who did. And what does that say about a person's character? There is a saying in Spanish: "Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres." Tell me who you walk with and I'll tell you who you are.

  94. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    It is possible that this is not the first incident of Galliano being anti-semitic, but instead the first incident that has reached the media. Perhaps there is a history of Galliano being anti-semitic and perhaps Dior has known of it for some time. Perhaps he has established a pattern of anti-semitism and has been warned by Dior.

    I agree, innocent until proven guilty, but if Dior is aware of something we're not, he may be on suspension for very good reason.

    Anti-semitism is no joke, especially in Europe.

    Sart, you don't know all the facts, so don't jump to conclusions.

  95. Sam

    February 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I read there was a witness, one of the waiters of the cafe, and that in his account of the facts he didn't actually say anything about an anti-semitic remark… just about a random fight and things getting worse…

    The decision Dior took was very hasty I think, they should've listened to his side of the story before acting so harshly and creating all this buzz around it, especially when their collection will be presented next Friday..

  96. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    what did he say and to whom??

  97. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    tbh, as regards to what JG did or didn't say, that's all a bit vague to say the least!! thank you anonymous, above for your report & translation of what's written in the french press, having said that the facts seem to be, that allegations have been made against JG, & while no charges have been brought, french police are looking into it, now given the fact that france's history & experience of nazi'sm during ww2, i can quite understand their sensitivity in these matters, should JG have been suspended?? imo, yes pending investigation, as the public face of dior, a french company, if they hadn't done so, it could be interpreted as condoning anti-Semitism, i'm sure such a huge company, wouldn't have taken such an action, without it being allowed for contractually

  98. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    he verbally assaulted a couple with anti semitic remarks he was drunk at a bar……..

  99. Emily

    February 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    All publicity is good publicity–Dior is getting more through a suspension than they would otherwise.

    Feel free to call me cynical!

  100. Mofoo

    February 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Actually, in France there is no presumption of innocence, it's an accusatory system where defendants must prove their innocence. But that doesn't mean Dior should have jumped at a suspension. Then again, given the state of pluralism in Europe these days it's probably a responsible denunciation of intolerance. Even if in the end the intolerance proves to be merely perceived.

  101. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    "fashion conspiracy theorists"???

    There really is such a thing?

  102. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    a blog called 'sleek' posted earlier that some of their party were at La Perle and witnessed the entire episode, and that it was not nearly as dramatic as reported even by the venerable T Magazine blog.

    Essentially, a couple was rude to him, he was rude in return, and then the man made a threatening gesture at Galliano, to which he made the inappropriate slur, about the man being 'Asian', not Jewish, and then the police were called due to the altercation.

    The couple made noises about pressing charges, but the witness account said that Galliano agreed to accompany police to the station to make a statement, but was not "arrested" per se.

    So it would seem to me that Dior jumped the gun in a gigantic way. But perhaps they were looking for an out, an excuse to bring in fresh talent?

  103. louise

    February 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sports more evolved? Ha! Professional sports is a business. Terrible conduct is often tolerated because so much money is at stake. Offenders are punished if the press gets too bad, or if there might be financial ramifications to the franchise. I think the same is true in Galliano's case. Fashion is in a spotlight this week.

  104. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I just watched the spring/summer 2011 show, hands down the best show of the season. C'mon Dior, innocent until proven guilty.

  105. reigs

    February 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Two words – Julian Assange.
    Also there's usually no smoke without fire and so maybe they aren't defending him for that reason? Time will tell if this is justified or not. Let's just hope he's not got Mel Gibson on his sim card eh?

  106. Claudine

    February 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Dior probably wanted to protect their own interest and avoid media attention for allowing Galliano to work while he is still under investigation. I hope he will be fine and return to Dior soon.

  107. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    They're not saying he's guilty, they're simply waiting to find out. I think it was definitely the right move, Dior would not want to associate themselves with someone who makes those types of remarks…BUT they also wouldn't want to associate themselves with someone who gets arrested and causes a scene. Read Dior's autobiography, guilty or innocent he's turning in his grave.

  108. My Heart Blogged

    February 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    He is only suspended. Also, seeing as there is a lot of history in Paris from World War 2 with the Nazi's I understand why they did this.
    My Heart Blogged

  109. Shani

    February 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    The sports industry is hardly the place to look for moral guidance.

    Dior did the right thing; they can reinstate him if the facts warrant, or take permanent action if necessary.

  110. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    No matter if he's guilty or not, a person must always be suspended if there is an ongoing investigation. Doesn't matter what business it's regarding.

  111. Shani

    February 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Also? Making anti-Semitic remarks is illegal in France and punishable with up to six months in jail. So it's not just a social faux pas that's at issue.

  112. comme fraiche

    February 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Shame on the house of Dior for not supporting and standing up for someone who has brought them so much success in recent years. It's hard to imagine a good working relationship after this and I'm sure John Galliano doesn't need Dior to be successful

  113. annabelle

    February 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    well, he's arrested and that alone may be in his contract as grounds for suspension or something like that (as his behaviour may be seen as having tarnished the reputation of the company) I also doubt he would be thrown in jail without any evidence or witnesses (where there is smoke – there's fire).
    having said that, I think it is ludicrous from an industry that is consistently aggressively sizeist (I have stopped counting horrific insults to models and women that come out of Lagerfeld's mouth, and he is "respected" and "revered" in that same industry, and nobody sees anything wrong with that) to object so strongly to racist comments (as it too is just another form of discrimination).
    whatever it is, I think it's got more to do with customers and potential profits than any genuine concern…
    pretty sad affair, for sure

  114. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I think it's normal policy for any employer to suspend an employee pending investigation. Being a high profile person doesn't change that…and it is important to show a strong response to racism of any form. Scott, whether it happened or not is one thing, but not having a third party there doesn't mean it didn't happen. Saying something like that is alluding that the person's claim wasn't credible because no one else saw/heard it! We live in a colonized country, and a racist world. That's a fact that none of us can hide from or deny (no matter how much we try).

    Just as racialized people have to deal with the reality of racism…so do white people have to deal with the privileges that come from just being white. Would you have the same thoughts. If the case was reversed, and Galiano was accusing someone of something similar (with no third party present), would you feel the same way?

  115. Jitty

    February 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    John Galliano is too big of a name to be associated with anti-Semitism. Association at all is probably bad for the brand image. I can understand.

  116. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Without Galliano, Dior is nothing!

  117. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Sooooo, how are they going to prove that he's guilty or innocent? He said/ he said? If the comments are indeed alleged, then it's crazy to have suspended him until the facts are made known. And it's beyond ridiculous to have jailed (!) him. Guilty until proven innocent in France, eh? Well, isn't that a mess waiting to happen. I bet the French citizens looove paying taxes to house all these 'guilties'. haha You could get some great revenge on someone by alleging the most asinine of (untrue) things.

    I think Dior sent a pretty clear message to Galliano with their response to these allegations. G should walk. Dior, haste makes waste, don't ya know?

  118. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    in France it is guilty until proven innocent…

  119. simple things

    February 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I'm not sure if anyone has pointed it out yet, but I am quite sure that French law requires the accused to prove their innocence. (unlike the US system). Ie. In France he IS guilty until proven innocent.

  120. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    This occurred in a public cafe, yes? Perhaps there are a number of witnesses who reported Galliano's behavior to the police once they arrived; since Galliano is essentially the face of Dior, I think they were smart to make this call.

    And I agree that the sports world is a poor analogy for this situation; more often than not, players are protected rather than punished by their employers whenever the commit a crime. I'm from a town close to where Ben Roethlisberger committed that rape last March; he should be in jail and instead he went to the super bowl. That's solely because he is an athlete.

  121. Cord

    February 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Well, we don't really know if Dior rush to a conclusion. Their decision could have been based on more than the reported incident and may follow other discussions they might have had with Galliano. I don't know, but this is as valid an assumption/possibility. Let's see what else comes about.

  122. Bombchell

    February 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    *_* wow, this is very random and shocking.

  123. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    these comments here are very amusing. everybody is in shock like something serious life changing to the whole planet has happened.

    and of course americans with their innocent until proven guilty.


  124. Anonymous

    February 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Yes, Dior is doing the right thing.

    BTW, you suspend someone based on allegations. You fire them, or reinstate them, based on evidence. It's the same in sports.

    Galliano is not accused only of anti-semitic remarks. He is also accused of being very drunk and of exchanging blows.

    I'm pretty sure people don't just suddenly develop this kind of behavior, and I'm certain the fashion industry tolerates all kinds of nuttiness and arrogance.

  125. AnonymousJK

    February 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Totally agree w/ Dior's decision. They didn't fire him, they merely suspended him until further investigation. The fact that he was jailed is quite telling, something happened. To suggest that Dior took the word of strangers over their own employees is rather assumptive too wouldn't you say? Longstory short, you don't reward bad behaviour period -he was jailed wasn't he?

  126. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    pretty funny

  127. fashioneggpplant

    February 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

    they should've waited it out and supported him. HE IS john galliano after all and they have no proof…

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  128. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:40 am

    love you sartorialist but he has a reputation and with "hate" language if he is innocent I am sure he understands that in this regard you are guilty until proven innocent. There is no room for hate comments even when you are drunk. Would you condone it if it had been anti-gay?

  129. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:41 am

    If true–just because he is a big star he should get a pass? really? think I might be back to my loathing fashion after the sartorialist turned me back on to it!

  130. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:42 am

    thank you Jitty!

  131. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Good for Dior! Too many times people in positions of power get away with behaviour that would get them drummed out of society. There's too much hand-waving away of the racism and sexism that pervades the fashion industry.

  132. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:46 am

    His position comes with responsibility! As the face of a huge company he should be able to handle the situation IF in fact he was not a perpetrator but a victim…

  133. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Thank you Emma Gordon–hello–part of his job not to get in to these situations!!

  134. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 12:55 am

    REALLY! because he is a star it is OK?!

  135. Aimee

    February 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I don't Scott rigged this post to only display comments of those who subscribe to his opinion, so many criticized his suggestion to perhaps take a cue from the sportsindustry, true solidarity is commendable but we can't just gloss over things like rape. On the same vein, Galliano's action raises the issue of freedom of speech, and puts into question the fairness of Dior's corporate policy but I think the weightier matter here is the racism revealed.

  136. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I am so….. Heartbroken… Sorry for the drama but the sartorialist made me rethink my ideas of fashion being shallow and arrogant and for years I have been viewing your blog daily. You should know that with success comes responsibility and even if provoked you walk away from a street scene like that. Bravi Dior, I am sure that if proven innocent they will honor him but anti-semetic, gay, or racist comments are completely unacceptable ESPECIALLY if you are a star!!

  137. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:24 am

    He was only one of many who deserved to be suspended long ago for destroying the classic Dior look.

  138. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:42 am

    It seems to me that this entire thing has been blown out of proportion. Heated tempers under the influence of too much wine and large egos, and insults flew back and forth. If the other party insulted Galliano on his looks (because he looks flamboyantly gay?), I find that as inappropriate as an anti-semitic remark. If Galliano responded in kind, that doesn't make it right, but again, perhaps the slur towards him wasn't any more acceptable. Either way, it's a sad thing. I believe Dior acted in their own best interests, as of course they would. They are ultimately a business, and a relatively conservative one at that. I hope they realize they've lost a genius as well, though. I think it could have all been handled more diplomatically. And I keep in mind, there's a lot of inaccurate gossip floating around. Generally speaking, I believe we've lost our equilibrium when it comes to political correctness. One is almost rendered into silence, for fear of offending any multitude of different folks in some truly unintentional way. Of course I agree racism is a terrible and sad thing (look at America!), but I also think we need to retain some sense of calm thought. I predict Galliano will leave… his pride will never accept this. Can't say I blame him. He will invigorate another house or even his own house with his passion and talent. As for the incident, really, a tempest in a teacup after all is said and done. No, I do not mean anti-semitism is a tempest in a teacup! I say this incident is! And if they've only seized an opportunity to eject someone they've grown tired of, then truly, shame on them! They deserve some bore of a designer working for them!

  139. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Freedom of speech is under attack everywhere. This incident is just a manifestation of a much wider problem. An individual has a right to his or her opinion,and all because you don't agree with something a person says does not mean that person is a criminal, especially under alleged circumstances which may or may not have happened. If we as a species have learned anything from our past, and know anything of our nature, then we should know that using force to repress an opinion or an idea in a person's mind will only make it grow stronger and the hatred more powerful.

  140. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 2:07 am

    "Even in Paris", really ?

    I'm a big fan of your work, I'm french, and I think you shoud stick to Fashion

  141. Kacrates

    February 26, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I believe they should have held out until the matter was further investigated before suspending the talented Mr. Dior.

    Obviously, it shows their lack of faith to the head man behind the operations of the Dior we know and love today and total sellout for sales.

    But thats just my opinion.
    They could have waited.
    Again my opinion.

  142. 10am ward

    February 26, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Maybe Dior should have simply issued a strongly worded statement about such behavior and distanced the brand from Galliano.
    Full suspension should have been applied once the incident is investigated. Especially if greater repercussions come from this, such as legal action.
    But this is what they did, and they may have even had a good reason for it. Who knows.

  143. brina

    February 26, 2011 at 2:26 am

    It was the right thing to do, especially from a business perspective. Dior is a brand with an image and whether he said something anti-Semitic or not their interests lie in the money they could potentially lose from someone who couldn't hold their liquor. Galliano is amazing and he's a huge figure in the industry and by those who follow fashion, but if you were to ask the average person on the street about him I'm pretty sure they would only look confused. Yet, somehow, they know Dior (and you can argue Galliano's influence in that but Dior's been around a little longer). I don't think you can compare the free pass athletes seem to receive to Galliano's situation either. Sports are just way too popular. Talking about sports is like talking about the weather. I don't pay attention to it or really care for it but I know the major players and what's going. It's not about Dior being right it's just "business as usual." You don't really hear about the recession hurting athletes or coaches but retailers. It sucks, but Dior isn't Galliano's best friend they're his employer.

  144. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 2:45 am

  145. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I'm not sure if anyone has already said this but;
    I think Dior did what it had to do. Galliano is a genius, but with allegations such as those against him, that would definitely not reflect well on Dior. This would have been made even worse if Dior had simply done nothing.

    I wonder what Kate Moss has to say about this…

  146. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Shame on Arnault for dropping their number 1 genius like a hot potato without proving anything on him. galiano's talent is what made that name to what it is today. I hope he leaves the house of Dior and does something.In the end it is their BIG loss.

  147. Lina

    February 26, 2011 at 3:26 am

    He might of done this before-never got public and this just was the last drop.. The whole thing stinks.

  148. the nyanzi report

    February 26, 2011 at 3:53 am

    There is no smoke without fire. Whatever the facts are about these allegations, Dior must have determined that a suspension for it's chief designer was better for them as a company than stand by him.

  149. Andrea

    February 26, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Ok, I think they suspended him simply because they had more info than the public and they were perfectly aware of the fact that when the details came out, Dior would have been accused of covering the whole thing up and of being compliant because he is Galliano.
    I think they had no choice. People would have accused Dior of a two measure justice!
    "Suspending" someone, does not mean that he is fired or that he is considered of being guilty. It simply means that because of really serious accusations (and by now facts, because there are testimonies) he has some unpaid time off!

  150. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:10 am

    There's no other action Dior could have taken but to suspend Galliano. Doing nothing at all is a tacit support of his actions in the event that they are proven true, firing him is totally inappropriate unless and until the allegations are shown to be true. There is a lot at stake and suspension in the circumstances is the only "middle ground" available to the company until more is known.

  151. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:15 am

    One can only speculate. Did he or did he not…. ?
    More interresting seems to me, why Mr. Galliano's lacks the backing from Dior in this matter at this point in time ? Is it not impossible now for Mr. Galliano to go back to work for a house wich shows so little soildarity ? Under normal circumstances I would say that Dior wanted to get rid of him and would not mind if he quitts.

  152. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:23 am

    This was very quick.
    and it should have been the same for Jean Paul Guerlain…
    oh well who am I?

  153. Maowel

    February 26, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I am appalled at how horrible John Galliano's alleged insults are, and if I will not judge him before the enquiry proves them right, I wish you Scott had started out by pointing this out too before hazardly questioning Dior's decision which, in this matter, should come to any observer as sheer decency and common sense. Even in Paris.

  154. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Guys stop this!!!
    If my anonymous self was cought in a similar situation, everybody would ask for my firing
    Talent isn't enough.
    Everyone must be responsible

  155. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Anonymous 9:35 pm–well said.

  156. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Ridiculous. Hope he quits, from jail! It's not like he needs Dior, I'd say it's the other way around. /LC

  157. Mars

    February 26, 2011 at 4:52 am

    It isn't fair. They should definitely have investigated further before suspending Galliano. Dior is never the same without him.

  158. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I´m shocked. I just hope that everything will end up good…

  159. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I think it's a European thing, especially in those countries who've actually been under German rule during WWII. Yes, it's old, but the Nazi ideals are still much hated around here. It's a sensitivity that doesn't just wear off. Say something about jews and entire rooms filled with people go quiet. 'Did someone say something about a jew?'
    I think it's a little similar with any comment about a black person in the US. We Europeans don't understand that, exactly.

    I don't thing being suspended is too harsh, I think that's what happens when you're being arrested for something considered a crime.

    I must say that it has nothing to do with freedom of speech. I think most people consider racist remarks racist, and discrimination not done. If I might say so, saying that anyone's allowed to say rather hateful thinks seems a little Dutch to me. No offense, I'm Dutch, I live there and I hear people utter the most hurtful things and then claiming 'freedom of speech'. Freedom of speech allows you to offer your opinion, sure, but common sense forces you to consider others and not be hurtful on purpose. You just don't go around saying that a certain group of people is less worthy than another, especially if you base it on race, religion, color. It's pretty ignorant to think that's what 'freedom of speech' means.

  160. Mel

    February 26, 2011 at 5:31 am

    It is a knee-jerk reaction. Dior have made a mistake. At this stage they should have stayed silent until further information came to light or released a statement acknowledging the incident, noting that if there is evidence in support of the assertions made, that they will ask Galliano to step down…

  161. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 5:35 am

    From some of the comments here, could I surmise that being called "Asian" is an insult? I am an ethnic Chinese based in Asia, and am quite baffled by this. Perhaps he is less of an anti-Semite and more of an anti-Asian? This is mad. We shouldn't be targeting drunkards who spout such, but those who hold such beliefs and act in ways that manifest that bigotry in day-to-day living. They are the cancer, not John.

  162. Ed O'Mahony

    February 26, 2011 at 5:53 am

    If I am not mistaken French Law states that you ARE Guilty till proven innocent anyway.
    Using pro athletes as an example leaves me somewhat bemused,their standards, are in my opinion are pretty low at best!

  163. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Dior existed before John Galliano and will continue to exist without him!!!!!!!!

  164. Vinsky

    February 26, 2011 at 6:02 am

    A remark is enough to send someone to jail these days!!? Haha what a joke! ….or a tragedy…..

  165. Kate R.

    February 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Some of the comments are simply ridicolous. Just because he is a famous designer, doesn't mean he can do whatever he wants and people are responsible for their actions. He has been arrested and this means that something wrong happened. I have read people complaining because the freedom of speech is sacred… then don't wine if someone calls you names and you feel offended. Let's stop to put famous people on a throne and adore them like Gods. Galliano is not a superhero nor doesn't come from another planet. He is a creative genius for sure, but he is first of all a human being and therefore rules of civil society are valid for him as well. And in normal life, a company suspends its employees accused of misbehaviour until the situation have been cleared. Welcome into the real world.

  166. NYC, Style and a little Cannoli

    February 26, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I agree it seems hasty to do something without evidence but not sure what the rules in Paris are. And isn't he supposed to design Kate Moss's wedding gown?? Should be interesting to see where it goes….

    I also have a great giveaway on my blog until tomorrow a Red Maps Soho

    And I don't think you should just stick to Fashion as this is Fashion News…and surprising at that.

  167. Tess

    February 26, 2011 at 6:56 am

    He hasn't been dismissed, just suspended during an investigation by Dior.
    In Britain and other parts of Europe, suspension pending investigation for something serious like this is absolutely standard. It doesn't mean the person has done whatever it is, it means they are suspended from work while it's investigated. If this allegation is false, he'll be reinstated, if true, there are a number of options open to Dior, including dismissal.

  168. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Hi M. Schuman,
    happy to read this opinion at least this opinion concerning what Dior decided.
    I think they should have waited for trial and the verdict before decide to act.
    But it seems to be a custom here in France, for example last judicial media affair even our president did the same mix-up, he used the terms of "alleged culprit" to designate the presumed innocent.
    Indeed, bad news ! :/

  169. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

    There may be a chance of it all being blow out of proportion, but by now we must realize there has to be some fire if there is a celeb going up in smoke. OK, so he's a great designer and Dior owes him their revival but does that free him of the responsibilities of being a decent human being? Would any of us have liked being in that position the couple allegedly was in? I don't think they would be feeling "oh hes a great designer, these insults mean nothing"… they must be hurting. Dior's suspension may be hasty but the perfect PR strategy. He is the face of the brand and should behave more responsibly and respectfully. But lets hope for his sake he is innocent.
    PS – racism should not be tolerated.

  170. Lizzy Derksen

    February 26, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I don't think anyone should be jailed for making remarks (with the exception of direct incitement to violence).

  171. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I suspect he is styling Kadafi.

  172. Couture Millinery Atelier.

    February 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    It would have been nice to know that after 20 years at Dior, the bosses would have John's back and protect him by being loyal until his guilt is proven beyond any doubt. They do NOT! The fact that Galliano is suspended with in hours after the unfortunate encounter means (read between the lines) that he is on his own now! Absolutely unacceptable.I will not be surprised if Galliano will decide to leave Dior as a result. Brace yourself. You are now witnessing the beginning stages of crucifixion of one of the greatest designers of our time in the court of public opinion. What is more disturbing is the fact that nothing, and I mean absolutely NOTHING is so thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd as the decay and a fall from grace of the Brilliancy. Nobody knows what exactly happened but he is already proclaimed to be a "racist", an "Anti-Semite" and a "new Mel Gibson.". Shame.

  173. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:40 am

    This feels like the first step in pushing John out.

  174. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I think it's good to see the French fashion industry taking a stand against anti-semitism. It doesn't have the best track record. It's disappointing to see that so many people think Galliano's talent puts him above the law-he may or may not have made the alleged comments but some don't seem to care either way!Galliano ISN'T Dior in any case-designers come and go, it's the house and its founder that lasts. As for Galliano, drunk,stressed, tired-I could care less. These things reveal true nature not some evil twin. The house acted appropriately by standing him down during the investigation.

  175. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I think that Dior is right! It is only a suspension, so that the case can be cleared out.
    Antisemitism is a very serious matter!!!

  176. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    suspending John Galliano does not mean Dior are not supporting him behind the scenes. Unless you are Galliano or someone of some power at Dior, you dont know the full story.

    the strangers are strangers because they are not well know, but even thought galliano is in the public eye. is he not also a stranger to all off us who do not know him personally, or people who do not follow fashion?

  177. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Suspension is just suspension. it happens in all fields and when situations get out of hand, shows the public they are doing something about it they don't tolerate it, and could it be possible they are just doing it so it looks like Galliano has been punished and has not gotten away with it whether the allegations are true or not they have been said and the damage is done.

  178. Gigi

    February 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thank you Emma Gordon! i'm so so so agree with you!

  179. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I think that France and in this case Dior gone mad with political correctness. I think that this is a case where only police should be involved not the Dior CEO.

  180. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This is so stupid, everyone loooves John Galliano and there is no Dior imaginable without him…:-(

    They schould have at least waited until proven guilty.
    And let us worry more about the bigger worries in the world, such as Libie etc!!!

    big hugs from Amsterdam!

  181. Gigi

    February 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

    @ Vinsky: a remark is not enough to send somebody in jail but a racist remark is punished by the law … i guess you know that!

    The tragedy is proliferation of racist remark! a few months ago, J-P Guerlain showed us that with the "N" word!

  182. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Why is his anti-semi-tism an issue ? It's his own business ? So what , there are anti-everything you can think of some where. Does Dior think sales would suffer ? Doubt it and in a week it would all be forgotten. But the "disgusting thighs" remark….well – he must go.

  183. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Dior is also discriminating, matter a fact the whole fashionindustry is. Fat people aren't able to fit in their clothes, even above the average size 12 it's hard to fit in their garments!
    These clothes aren't made for the 'normal' people, but for a select clientele, and since a big part of this clientele is Jewish it seems logic to me that they suspend John.

  184. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Perfectly logical and acceptable.

  185. Alec OJ

    February 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

    He don't really think the things he said… he was probably drunk and angry. It can happen to everyone to do or say stupid things in some kind of situations or psychological conditions. I'm not justifying him, but I honestly thing that the press amplified the story.

  186. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

    let's face it.
    the guy is finished.

  187. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I support the decision.

  188. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Yuck! Such fashion designers are so disgraceful to the company! What Dior did is right. People who have great taste in cloths should have good attitude too. Next time I see a fashionable person walking by, I will certainly assume him/her to be a cheap skate like this designer. I am shocked at how people are supporting this guy here in their comments.

  189. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Only in the America are you considered innocent until proven guilty. In some parts of the world, you are guilty until proven innocent.

  190. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What's going on? First Carine Roitfeld. Now this.

    "Change.." on a larger scale?

  191. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I mean, come on you people!
    Please, don't get me wrong but don't be so naĂŻve.
    If Dior did this, it's because they have more than that rant about Galliano…
    A friend of mine was his personnal assistant for 2 years and you have NO IDEA what she went through… what Dior went trough with him… you wouldn't believe it…

  192. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

    John Galliano IS Dior. So, first, how is Dior going to cope with Fashion Week coming up, with a Dior show that has John Galliano's signature. No time to undo it now.

    What difference does the suspension make?

    Option: Decide to cancel the show?

  193. Darkene

    February 26, 2011 at 10:30 am

    C'mon mister Toledano…come and say to us the truth…Wich is the problem with John Galliano???

  194. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I'm confused by the whole story. Why wasn't he suspended for anti asian remarks? No one else heard or could confirm the anti-semitic remark. This whole story seems suspect….

    Its a shame a mans life and reputation can be destroyed in a minute over hearsay….

  195. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    What did Dior do during World War 2 again?

  196. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Are you kidding me?
    Am I the only one that's apalled and truly disgusted with this?
    I'm dissapointed in you Scott,who has so much influence in the world of fashion today that many people are just going to agree with this because your Scott.I think Dior did the right thing,yes sure john galliano is a genius but if you read what he said to these innocent people you would be disgusted!I'm sure either way he will be back but there needs to be some consequences to what he did.

  197. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I think theyndid the right thing.
    Re: comparing it to football makes no sense bc how the last few scandals have been handle ESP big Ben is a disgrace.

  198. Lindsay

    February 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

    they absolutely should not have suspended galliano. being in the public eye, he should have definitely been a little classier about the situation, but it sounds like both parties acted distastefully. not to mention, it now looks like dior assumes their own creative director is guilty.

  199. Richard

    February 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Ummm, accusations don't just happen cuz. If he they suspended their head designer, it wasn't because they heard it from a friend of a friend; they had a good reason to do it.

    I am a big Galliano fan, but I'm not about to make up excuses for him. He made anti-Semitic comments and Dior has a zero tolerance policy. The appropriate course of action was followed.

  200. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Of course Dior has to suspend him. No choice. And "presumed guilty until proven innocent" is an approach to law. It doesn't imply that the French "live in trees" as one of the commentators here put it.

    But aside from whether or not Mr. Galliano is "guilty"….
    However beautiful the clothes might be, racist comments make a person ugly. I only wish society might be as disgusted by sexist comments. – Jean

  201. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I am pro-Galliano in any case. And I'm sure he's innocent. Dior did the wrong thing.

  202. Tim

    February 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

    They were right to suspend John Galliano pending the outcome of the investigation. In France, making anti-semitic remarks to someone is illegal and if found guilty, one can face up to 6 months in prison.

    Also, I dont think the world of sports is to be considered a shining beacon of how people and the companies that employ them should behave either. Woods, Roethlisburger, Vick, Kobe, Bonds, McGwire and so on, and so on

    That said, I truly hope he is found to be innocent. It is sad to learn that a hero is fallible, but a bigot too? That would turn any admiration I have for the man on its head.

  203. Jeremy

    February 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

    How could Dior be so hasty? I don't just mean this emotionally, but legally. A second eyewitness reported to the Times and Vogue UK that he heard the whole altercation and that he never said anything anti-semitic and that the entire altercation was started by the man talking to Galliano. Besides that, you're right, innocent until proven guilty.

  204. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

    well, Dior is such a brand, so I think they're support him A LOT right now. John's suspention is a legal thing i guess. They're smart , so they won't leave John behing.

    That's my opinion, I do not care the suspension coz I think they are really working hard to make things clear. After all, nobody can forget so easily the genius name "John Galliano" , don't you think?

  205. Sophie

    February 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Well, what you probably don't know is that it's not the first time that Galliano is involved with anti-semitic comments and I completely understand that Dior has to keep a good figure. No matter how talented he is, he has to take responsibility for what he said.
    I am French but I live in America, and there is a big difference between what is covered in the American newspaper and the French one.

  206. Ms. Mellow

    February 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Perhaps too harsh but it was a suspension and he was not fired. I still admire his clothes, just as I admire athletes for their athletic skills…but outside influences do affect our perceptions to a degree. I hope he is able to make amends that satisfy the general public to come back to his post.

  207. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    The comments on there are indeed disturbing… making anti-semetic comments (whether it happened or not) the allegation is still serious enough for a public company to have to act. And it is WRONG on any level.

    If you were the owner of a major public brand and your Creative Director was put in jail for serious allegations such as these, you WOULD suspend a show and the designer most likely would be fired.

    Dior acted well he isn't even fired. If they had done nothing and the allegations prove to be true then the repercussions would have been far more serious.

    Galiiano should be treated like everyone else and just because he is a great designer does not mean he is untouchable and should be cocooned by the company that pays him.

  208. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    How is this hasty? The guy was arrested, and not just for comments, but for assault. Moreover, there were third-party witnesses who, while they did not confirm the alleged antisemitism, did confirm Galliano's reference to the race of one of the victims, though the context to the witness was unclear. It is hard to believe, however, that Galliano could have referred to the victim's race in a positive, given that they were arguing.

    Artistic genius does not make someone a good person, nor does it give him the right to say anything without consequences. So many people look up to designers for inspiration, and when they fail to live up to their responsibilities as role models, they must realize the consequences of their actions.

  209. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Galliano also made an anti-asian remark along with the anti-semitic one. It really says something that the anti-asian remark is not mentioned in most news stories about him…

  210. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Think as Brazilian,
    both was wrong….insulted come and insulted back…what about LVHM…the company,honestly i dont like the power this company have all world fashion,some years ago when they start to buy,i though omg,they gonna kill creativ! they just acted like a big company…if it was in my country not only Galliano would be in trouble…Brazil racism give a jail..and to ofend others too!

  211. If Jane

    February 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    freedom of speech is not under attack–with freedom of speech comes responsibility.

  212. le cid

    February 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    We must be clear: First,he's just suspended, not fired.
    Second thing, if it was a seamstress or a office employee, he would be just fired with no consideration or someone speaking on his behalf.

    I Think he's been into "forbidden substances" for so long and this just influences his sudden humor changes (I had worked for him in the past and I know what I'm talking about), he is just out of control and unmanageable…

    And why not, now that is proved that the team can work well without him (sad but true, nobody is irreplaceable…), Mr. Toledano just jump on the opportunity and trow him out of the house for professional fault, and one of his assistants will be at his place after the fashion week.

  213. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    In case this is true it is actually more surprising that creative and open minded person can do this… Seriously? I'm pretty sure that it will all turn out the way it is convenient for Galliano at the end. It will probably turn out that he "defended himself" that he was "insulted"…Question is however how will Dior loose more money in the meantime: by losing a designer or losing its image? Maybe, just maybe noone is irreplacebale..especially in fashion.

  214. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    In case this is true it is actually more surprising that creative and open minded person can do this… Seriously? I'm pretty sure that it will all turn out the way it is convenient for Galliano at the end. It will probably turn out that he "defended himself" that he was "insulted"…Question is however how will Dior loose more money in the meantime: by losing a designer or losing its image? Maybe, just maybe noone is irreplacebale..especially in fashion.

  215. indigo warrior

    February 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I think it's cowardice on the part of Dior. But isn't cowardice the big corporate way. Galiano may be better off. If fear doesn't kill creativity, what does?

    Meanwhile, another part of the reported incident was that he was pretty well on the toasty side at the time. So, the real question might be whether this is a reflection of his character or some drunken stupidity?

  216. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    A designer who has vast influence in the whole industry and is the symbol of an elegant fashion house simply cannot behave the way he did. Good behaviour and proper manners are not beyond artists, no matter how good they are, especially if they happen to be lucky enough to work for such a traditional house as Dior is. It doesn't matter what he said and to whom, his behaviour and the fact he was jailed is enough to warrant Diors actions. Suspension during an investigation is standard practice for large corporations anyways, so I'm rather surprised anyone's scandalized by Diors decision. If Galliano DID what he is accused of, in other words he has anti-semitic or otherwise racist views then Dior should get rid of him altogether. Freedom of speech should not protect people who openly hate and insult just for the sake of insulting, and in many European countries anti-semitic remarks/symbols are illegal, due to some historical events I'm sure _even you_ as an American are aware of. Sadly, anti-semitism is raising it's ugly head in Europe again, so a zero-tolerance policy is exactly what is needed.

  217. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I support Diors decision! It is just a suspension.
    And the guy was not arrested for nothing, right?

  218. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Isn't it guilty until proven innocent under the Napoleonic code? So, no, maybe that doesn't apply in Paris.

  219. Carolina Lange

    February 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I am on Diors side!
    They did the right thing!

  220. Carolina Lange

    February 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I really am shocked by the fact that you are on Gallianos side and that you didn't understand why Dior (only) suspended him!!!
    Antisemitism is a very serious matter!

  221. Georgie

    February 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Whether he did or didn't do anything, it was definitely wrong for them to suspend Galliano on mere charges… Either way, he'll be back soon.

    The man's a genius, an ARTIST, and they won't be able to go on without him… why would they risk losing him to something else?

  222. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    1. That Dior have suspended Galliano is completely understandable and absolutely the right thing to do. It is standard procedure in these situations pending further investigation.

    2. Should it be found that Galliano is guilty, the fact that he is a brilliant designer should not excuse him…

    3. …Nor should his lengthy employment at Dior…

    4. …and nor should his intoxication.

    5. His suspension is not indicative of a 'guilty until proven innocent' attitude in Europe. Neither does it indicate a 'hyper-sensitive attitude.' It is merely standard procedure as part of a zero-tolerance attitude to racial prejudice, and should be commended.

    6. It is quite frankly disgusting to read comments on this thread which seem to suggest that intolerance of anti-semitism and other prejudices, is in some way simply a 'fear' or 'taboo' or over sensitive in any way. It is unacceptable in France, it is unacceptable in Europe, it is is unacceptable in America, it is unacceptable everywhere. Full stop.

    7. If Galliano is proved innocent, and I hope he is, he shall be treated as such, and presumably reinstated.

  223. Mabqueen

    February 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Knowing Paris and the place it happened at, I am sure this is a bad misunderstanding, and that Galliano's notoriety was used to create a scandal bigger than it is. People drink a lot at this place, and it is not said if the couple he had an argument with was drunk (or more drunk than him).
    After Guerlain's scandal, LVMH group has set up a "zero tolerance" policy. But Mr Guerlain was on television, on an official interview, and not in private circumstances as Mr Galliano was.
    So I think it is a shame to find such a quorky way to get rid of a designer who would cost much more to fire….

  224. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    This was a big shock to me but I definitely thought Dior did the right thing. I must say I'm pretty disappointed with you, Scott… I respect you and your great blog but I really think you should not have written your personal opinion about this issue here. That was obviously not a fashion conspiracy or something. Galliano is one of the most respected designers but that doesn't mean he also has a matual personality. Dior could have supported him but it is clearly not their responsibility to support a racist and to look bad for doing that..

  225. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I read up on this online at the Huffington Post– a pretty reputable news source.

    There are conflicting eyewitness reports. Not too surprisingly Galliano's chauffeur claims the whole incident never occurred…Not the most reliable source there I should say. Other witnesses say they never heard the anti-semitic slurs but did hear and observe the rest of the attack… I happen to be Jewish and the woman who was allegedly attacked isn't but that aside, Galliano definitely appeared to have acted without decorum or grace and with a great deal of arrogance. That alone is worthy of suspension I think. I also work in the fashion industry and the remarks Galliano made about the woman's outmoded style and larger body size sound too authentic to be fabricated. In my experience the fashion industry is not merely sizeist it is BLATANTLY racist (behind the closed atelier door that is) and extremely oligarchical, which is a fancy way of saying worth is vested in a small number of wealthy and powerful people who are not necessarily educated, kind or compassionate but are certainly "fabulous". As much as I love looking at fashion and sites such as these I fear as a culture our celebration of outer beauty has trumped our attention to the inner self completely. We are fabulous-looking fawns filled with dreckitude…Or knockoffs of John Galliano rather than authentic versions of ourselves!

  226. ~Julls~

    February 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Honestly…how in the world can Dior suspend Galiano? He was probably asked to take a well deserved vacation until things are quiet again. Everything gets forgiven. Don't you remember Kate Moss and how she came back with Cavalli?? People forgive and forget…

  227. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    "Threw their star designer under the bus" was a very unfortunate phrase to use here. Particularly after "I understand and agree with the Dior zero-tolerance policy regarding race and religion." Either one agrees with zero tolerance or they don't. If Dior actually has a zero-tolerance policy on these issues then they acted accordingly. Anything less wouldn't be throwing anyone under a bus, but giving passes for poor behavior because one is a star. And I believe "star" is the operative word here.

    "Star" lets some people ignore how heinous and dehumanizing it can be to be on the receiving end of racist and bigoted tirades. The victims are now simply "strangers," lesser people whose words and experiences don't count.

    For now I say good for Dior for both having this policy and being committed and fair to all of it's employees. And also to French people – citizens, not strangers. I hope the rest of the fashion world takes note

  228. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Great designer but pathetic juicer. Sad.

  229. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Maybe a publicity stunt of sorts on both sides? Either way, it is fun to watch and see reactions.
    Galliano is a great designer and he won't have to worry too much if he gets fired. If it was a reaction to what was around him, then more power to him. Somehow, I don't think he would just blurt out random words of ignorance unless provoked. He is a very public figure after all.
    Look what happened to Kate Moss when she was photographed doing an activity that was private. Could have been photoshopped for all anyone knows. She had no control and it cost her contracts, humiliation and defamation of name and character. But her community saved her.
    Who ever complained should just get a spine and suck it up. Racism and xenophobia will never stop. We are human after all, non?

  230. Steak and cake

    February 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I don't know the details of this, but I think the French fashion industry is unwilling to take chances after the hugeamount of criticism they got when Guerlain made a highly racist comment on TV this summer that no one reacted to.
    I believe that it is important for Dior to show that they are entirely against discriminatory remarks and that they make it clear by sanctioning any of their employees/designers/collaborators who make them. Time will tell whether or not Galliano actually made those claims. If he is innocent, he will be exonerated.

  231. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Pro Dior! Dior did the right thing!
    Galliano is amazing, but that doesn't give him the right to do what he did and not deal with the consequences!!,

  232. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Everyone has to respect others, so does Galliano!
    Dior has to suspend him!

  233. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Any form of racism is disgusting!
    Galliano is a public figure, he should know better!
    I am 100% pro Dior!

  234. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Galliano wasn't arrested for nothing, so Dior did what was best to do ate the moment
    Not hasty at all.
    I agree with Anonymous 6:53pm, racism is disgusting!

  235. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Sorry, but John Galiano is NOT Christian Dior! Christian Dior is Christian Dior! And he always had muchy more class than Galiano! He has to attach his name to his better to even have a standing in the fashion community – if he was that great, he wouldn't have to stand behind the Dior line!

  236. jsc

    February 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Perhaps this wasn't the first time such utterances came from Galliano. It's possible this was the first time it was so public.

  237. Isabel

    February 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    No, the way sports industry handles cases like this when they involve its members is exactly one of the things that's wrong with this world — no matter how talented you are you should be held responsible for your ugly actions.

    It's disappointing to know that so many of you would defend a racist just because he is Galliano. Being drunk doesn't excuse that either, you don't spout off racist remarks whatever your level of inebriation currently is if you don't actually think those thoughts when you are sober. He doesn't express his ideas under normal situations because he knows it's socially unacceptable so he is, when not drunk, a politically-correct racist… but he is still a racist.

    And to the anonymous who said "Why is his anti-semi-tism an issue ?", seriously? Racism is not an issue? I don't know why people think racism is anywhere in the same scale as sizeism in fashion industry either, as far as I know no government in history has ever decided overweight people must be herded into concentration camps to be slaughtered.

  238. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    While most of the world has the freedom to say what they want/think, words will always carry a reaction and consequence, good or bad. Galliano is designing to create an image and if a company is concerned comments are soiling the image they'd like to project, I'd say terminate away. I'm certain that the powers that be at Dior are privy to more information than just a third party eyewitness. As unfair as it may seem, you can fire someone for anything, even wearing ugly lipstick. Maybe this is just an excuse to do something they've wanted to do for a while.


  239. Anonymous

    February 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Actually in Paris, there is no habeus corpus. The right to be assumed innocent until proven guilty is an American one–not a universal one.

    According to French law, if you're caught "red-handed" you have no right to appeal for your innocence.

  240. kathrynnova

    February 27, 2011 at 12:25 am

    it makes me sad. i will not opine on the situation as i do not know enough about the situation – what, believe just what i hear reported in the media? nah, propaganda doesn't suit me so well.

    this also makes me sad: first valentino, then yves saint laurent, then lacroix, then theyskens (sure he's back, but it's not quite HIM), then mcqueen, now galliano…..

    ah, the world's a-changing….

  241. kathrynnova

    February 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

    oh, and has it changed over there? i don't keep up with french law, but i thought that they still followed the napoleonic guilty-until-proven-innocent?

  242. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 1:45 am

    From the comments here, it seems that people'd rather have great clothes (from JG/Dior) than a more tolerant and respectful society. That there is more love for a public figure who has been accused of racism than a company who is willing to take positive action. Sure, support JG, but dont go off on Dior for doing the right thing under these circumstances. As for his 'crucification at the hands of media and public opinion'. lets not forget its the same media and public opinion that put JG where he is today. It's only fair that the same instrument ask for him to be civil and decent. At the end of the day, we dont know JG nor Dior nor what went down. But on thing is clear, racism is ugly. Even pretty clothes can hide that.

  243. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I am really disturbed by a lot of these comments, and, honestly Sart', by your coverage. From what I've read, in the New York Times, Ha'aretz (I'm Israeli), and other sources, there was a bar full of witnesses. What's more, he not only allegedly used anti-semitic slurs, he also allegedly attacked two people. Surely his temporary suspension during the investigation of these claims is warranted?

  244. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 3:08 am

    dior did the right thing. galliano was only suspended, not fired. its not about being innocent til proven guilty. i think in any situation the norm would be to suspend services til investigations are over.

    people, it is JUST fashion… get over it. anti-semitism is a completely different level of urgency in regards to issues concerning humanity; especially with everything going on right now; our focus should be able to prioritize. people will easily forgive galliano if he is proven guilty. he will rebound quickly.

  245. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Regardless of a person's status or position, it appears appropriate in my mind that allegations amounting to a criminal offence (which have been somewhat substantiated by an arrest) may result in a suspension by an employer pending the outcome of a Police investigation.

    Its quite hilarious that many posters here consider that intoxication is a legitimate defence for this alleged offence. I think some of you are letting fanaticism get the better of your objectivity. The partisanship is palpable…and disturbing.

    And for those of you who are unaware, freedom of speech is often held to not extend to speech calculated to trigger feelings of opprobrium and enmity against a racial group. I don't think any of you are seriously encouraging 'Free (Hate) Speech' so lets not bandy around the separately important issue of free speech with this discussion.

  246. JRW

    February 27, 2011 at 3:53 am

    wow, can't believe you and so many of your commenters can't see that this was exactly the right thing to do. hurtful and bigoted behaviour and language has no place in the fashion industry or anywhere.

  247. MF

    February 27, 2011 at 4:47 am

    If Galliano is ant-semetic, it MUST be the hot thing.

    So, either way, i'm in his corner.

    No, but really, it should be innocent until proven guilty but it's actually guilty until proven innocent but your reputation and credibility are damaged/destroyed forever. Dior will either let him go now or let him go, slowly, later.

    Shame on Dior. I won't do business with them until they've apologized and reinstated Galliano. I own high end clothing stores all over the U.S. and Canada and they'll be losing business and NOT saving face by throwing this person who's generated so much money and popularity for them.

  248. Styletto

    February 27, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I totally agree with you. I think Dior should have had a moderate position, suppporting Galliano and waiting for the results of the police investigitaion. So much for the loyalty…

  249. bonniesbohemian

    February 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

    they just freaked out, i guess. such a shock, and two contradictive statements. that's the only explanation i have.

  250. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Agree with anonymous 2:26 AM, Scott, I also was disturbed by you post.
    Dior was not hasty, it was a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
    Galliano thinks he can do that and nothing will happen to him? The place was full os witnesses!

  251. Genevra

    February 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Surely Dior must have more information then they are letting on. It's a pretty risky decision otherwise.

  252. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

    i think that dior is saving their reputation, they just can not afford to keep galliano during this whole situation. but i am jewish and i do not see anything so shocking in his attitude even if he did so. i will never say anything to people unless they'll provoke me – even jewish can be idiots. and it does not matter which race are you. we are all too serious about that after the shoah – but let us be more patient and just don't let that ruin other peoples lifes like the nazis did. i love galliano and admire him.
    sorry for the mistakes – i do not actually speak english.

  253. Stéphane Malingue

    February 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Après une pĂ©riode d'adulation dans les annĂ©es 2000, pour son goĂ»t de l'extravagance, ses collections sont aujourd'hui dĂ©sertĂ©es par les cĂ©lĂ©britĂ©s…!

  254. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I'm a little bit shocked to read "only in America you are innocent until proven guilty". Of course in France la "présomption d'innocence" exist and only a trial decide if you're guilty. It's was first declare in 1789! You don't necessarily stay in jail until your trial, a jugde of liberty decide that, it depends of the charges. To close the legal part, someone talk about Italy, but in Europe we all have differents systems. Everything is not perfect in our legal system but come on guys!
    Regarding of JG case, I really love what he did with Dior over the years, so oniric. But this are serious accusations, I'm waiting the result of the pending investigation.

  255. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I am not sure whether sending Galliano to jail was the right move or not, I think possibly a hasty decision, however i think it is right what Dior did.
    As a jew living in Israel feeling a lot of pressure from the outside world and as a Jew who has previously lived in Australia and the Diaspora at large and been on the receiving end of anti-semitic comments I am glad to see one of my favorite fashion houses taking a no tolerance stand to anti semitism and this is coming from someone who loves Galliano's work!

  256. Andreas

    February 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    To The Sartorialist:
    We need to understand that even allegations of comments like those are enough to ruin a firm's reputation…
    and to be honest,if Dior can't afford losing a designer then who can? I mean, it's a company that most probably can have any designer in the world they want, right?

  257. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I'm shocked at how quickly everyone is prepared to simply write this off and pretend like it's not a big deal. It's really sad that people are so blinded by his name and talent. The racist apologia in these comments is truly disgusting.
    "I'm sure he's innocent." Right.

  258. Brummagem Joe

    February 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    No third party? Wasn't he arrested or at least detained? Sounds like he behaved like a jackass like a lot of celebrities think they are entitled to do. Since he's presumably a valuable asset for Dior, I doubt they took this decision lightly. And in sports situations when this arises team mates don't usually support the player regardless. This may have been true 20 years ago, but not to anything like the same extent now. And there's also the underlying fact that at bottom the sports industry can afford to be more tolerant of boorish behavior than the fashion industry. He'll probably end up getting a slap on the wrist but Dior couldn't ignore this.

  259. Anagramme

    February 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Seriously guys… France is a democratic country, it can't assume that someone is Guilty unless proven otherwise ; it would mean that EVERY citizen is ALWAYS suspected of having committed EVERY crime… Being impossible to prove that you haven't, every citizen would be in jail. Great country !

    The french criminal law states that "every suspected citizen is assumed being innocent until proven otherwise", and the violation of that principle is criminally repressed.

    As for Galliano, Dior couldn't do anything else, or it would have been suspected of indulgence for an anti-semitic, which really is not a image you would want for your society if you were French, as it is highly controversial.

  260. Cheray

    February 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    The fashion industry is very jewish and if John Galliano was anti Semitic there would be whispers of it in the industry. Unfortunat ely there might of been some ill feelings between the two parties but I sincerely doubt Galliano would be so vulgar in a public venue. It appears that the unhappy couple created a story to utilize the laws in France and hurt him publicly. I hope that all parties dismiss this and blame it on the vin sauvage. Chéray

  261. Anonymous

    February 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Yes we are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty, but unfortunately it is really not happening anymore in France. Also you will have to understand our background. Anti-semitism is a big deal to us, we are trying to overcome what we did during WWII (collaborated with the Nazi) so today more than ever anti-semitism is unacceptable, even more when your name is DIOR, when you are such a worldwide public icon.

    I just hope than Galliano doesn't run back to them once he is not suspended anymore. I reckon he is innocent.

  262. Maryanne

    February 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    perhaps Dior was looking for an excuse.

    i hope it's an impetus for Mr. Galliano to design those gorgeous confections under his own name.

  263. Angela

    February 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  264. friday knight

    February 28, 2011 at 12:24 am

    maybe dior knows something that we don't know, and this just happened to be the stud that broke galliano's reputation… there is so much more to this story that we dont know anything about, but it will bubble up soon…

  265. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 12:47 am

    love the persol 714's he's wearing.

    Got a custom pair

  266. Paula

    February 28, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I wonder whether they would have done the same if the comments were targeting African Americans or Latinos… Not that they even know what really happened.

  267. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 2:40 am

    boom. talking like that shouldn't land you in jail, in my opinion, but proof is in the pudding. Dude is the face of that corporation, and his rant is not a good look for anybody's business… why is it surprising to anybody that Dior distance themselves? especially when the law/government is in the picture.

  268. pura diletante

    February 28, 2011 at 4:55 am

    This decision need time to be taken…it was premature to Dior to take it.. If the designer is inocent is a bad attitude, but if he is guilty the house that represents him should support and later take the decision… not give a pat on the back and close the door.

  269. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I was agreed with Scott S. But if you watch the video (The Sun) there is no doubt!
    Galliano has lost common sense and honor!

  270. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Now it appears that the second incident was filmed. It is on the 'trustable' nespaper the sun in the uk. The couple filming seems to be instigating the whole thing.I would not be surprised if they provoked him. But at the end of the day he unfortunately said what he said and I think Dior did the right thing (at least for now). Surely he will come back.

  271. Nicole

    February 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

    At the same time, at least Dior is taking a stand for not tolerating any sort of discrimination. Although their motivation for this may just be for the sake of political correctness and saving face, this sort of stand needs to be upheld, whether this event may be alleged or not, this sort of stand needs to be upheld to prevent any sort of discrimination.

  272. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

  273. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 6:02 am

    We don't know what happend earlier. Maybe this descision was longer planned and he only gave an official reason to fire him. Probably we will never know the truth.

  274. Ana Laura

    February 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I think that in this type of thing involving prejudice and hate the suspicious is more than a reason to send him back home!

  275. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Dior did the right thing and sent the right message, you can't support someone just because is famous or a genius, there are rules and education, like someone else said: stick to fashion Sartorialist!

  276. Maya

    February 28, 2011 at 6:17 am

  277. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

    This should clear some things up, as someone got part of it on tape:!5771978/john-gallianos-racist-rant-caught-on-camera

    I'm genuinely curious about how some people will change their tone now, and most of all, if Scott will post a follow-up to his initial criticism of Dior's reaction.

  278. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

    No matter what the actual word exchange, it is extremely un-professional to end up in such a messy situation.

    Having such a prominent position in a major fashion company makes your person(a) a representation of the values of said company and also a "role model" for at lot of people. (Same thing goes for famous people in general)

    If you want to get shitfaced on drinks or drugs you should do it in petit comité in your own private mansion. It's a responsibility that comes with the job.

    Let's just hope it's all blown out of proportion.

    Also hear hear to "Anonymous said … (10:57 AM)" we need to extend our perception of discrimination of women.

    / Gus

  279. poupoule

    February 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

    A second woman has told the police she had been assaulted in october (same bar in Paris, same kind of insults)… and also go ans see a sad video on shooted in the same bar another day…

    People at Dior probably knew what they were doing, sorry fans! Rehab needed.

  280. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Dior's decision is perfectly legal under French law. What they did is known as a "suspension pending investigation". In no way does it mean that Dior considers Galliano to be guilty. It's a way of playing it safe and staying neutral. If it results that the accusations are groundless, Galliano will resume work with Dior.

    And allow me to confirm that in France, the legal principle is "innocent until proven guilty", not the other way around.

  281. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Video is out there on the web, check it out. It's over for him

  282. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Innocent? Just have a look on the video posted on The Sun'site…

  283. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

  284. Shani

    February 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Video of Galliano being drunk and offensive on a separate occasion:

    It's ironic that, in addition to anti-semitic comments, he insults these people by calling them ugly. He might have great style as a designer, but he's no beauty, himself.

    It's very sad. I hope he gets help for his drinking problem.

  285. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    he sure is a genius…

    but it's sad because there is actually a video showing galliano insulting the couple:

  286. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Mr Toledano took the right decision. Imagine, being the CEO of the firm: would you personally prefer to sustain someone accused of antiSemitism or to suspend him waiting for additional information?

    Imagine the CEO had choosen the second option…It would have been even worse to manage with media.

    There is nothing to see with freedom of speech. Being racist and shouting it loudly in a street, drunk or not, famous or not, is not allowed in France.

    Let's wait for further investigation….

  287. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    There is a phone camera video of the incident circulating. His language in the video is very clear and completely deserves firing. I suggest you watch it before you decide to support Galliano. This is particularly serious as it happened in a country with quite strict laws on anti-Semitism and holocaust denial.

    If Dior had *not* suspended him, it would have made a nonsense of their zero-tolerance policy. These things have to apply equally to all staff, however senior.

    Consider also that if Galliano was prone to behavior of this kind, Dior's management would have known about it long ago. If that were the case, the decision to fire him would not be based just on on incident.

  288. Elsa

    February 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Dior definitely did the right thing. It's not that they're giving up John Galliano. But I see it as a way to show that they care about what might happened that night and that they feel embarrassed for their Jewish customers. From a business view, I see it as a way to not scare financial markets.
    It reminds me of Jean-Paul Guerlain's case. I'm wondering what will happen next.

  289. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

  290. Jeanne

    February 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    the SUN just released proof of galliano's depraved rantings. stick with fashion — believe it or not minorities do not like to accuse people of making offensive remarks towards them. it is not a game and we do not enjoy being spoken down to. there's video proof of prior incidents — eat your words.

  291. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    After I watched the video of Galliano on "The sun" Homepage…I'm really shocked..and disappointed.

  292. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

    maybe this will change your mind — Dior unquestionably did the right thing:

  293. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    And here's video of him doing it.

    Not so "alleged" anymore, is it?

  294. PJ

    February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    "Innocent until proven guilty' is a uniquely American concept.

  295. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

  296. Pascal

    February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Apparently this is not the first time this happens. I read an article about some other people insulted by him at "La Perle" (I live a few meters from there and is not strange to find him sipping some drink at the terrace) and it seems there are a video about this, turned by those people.
    Anyway, he's not a kind person, and all the neighborhood knows about it!!!
    I think he did it!

  297. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

  298. droyles

    February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

  299. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

  300. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Some disturbing and – dare I say it – naive views in the comments to this story. It's totally normal for an employer to suspend an employee if they are arrested in a high profile manner, thus bringing the name of the brand into disrepute. Dior was not unusual.

    It's great that you like this designer's work, but assuming that he's innocent (seemingly) based on that reason alone, with no actual information about the incident, is as misguided as automatically assuming that somebody is guilty, without first being in possession of the facts.

  301. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think it's too much! Galliano is a big lost for Dior fashion house and it's a pity

  302. Clare

    February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

    It's not unusual to suspend an employee during an investigation. The emergence of the video in today's paper suggests Dior may have good cause for concern:

  303. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

    the sun paper has a video shot on a mobile of another similar incident of his remarks made against 2 italian women in another bar.
    obviously dior made a decision that was supportive of their policy
    and it likely wasn't the first time this happened and was brought to their attention…they clearly did the right thing in suspending him at least he was not fired straight away.
    this type of behavior is not excusable because of his genius or how much money he makes them…
    some of the remarks are disappointing…including scott.
    i'm sure if any of you "supporters" or your loved ones etc had been on the receiving end of his rants you would not be so quick to defend in the name of
    fashion… or being drunk.

  304. le cid

    February 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Galliano or not, DIOR WILL ALWAYS BE DIOR… Well done Mr. Toledano!

  305. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

  306. Christine

    February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    There is a video posted on the web now, where Galliano truly does say racist and anti-semetic remarks…
    Who cares what happens at fashion week??!! Although he is brilliant, Dior cannot possibly afford to be associated with a man so ethically in the wrong. Go Dior!

  307. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    If Dior not had suspended Galliano, I think they would have recieved a lot bad feedback on how they were handeling the situation! The Sun had a film of Galliano while he declares "I love Hitler".
    Dior did a great job, racism should not be accepted in the fashion industry!

  308. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

  309. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    As one commenter said above: "This may not be strike number one." Here's the proof:

  310. Elle Vee

    February 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Here's some video footage of Galliano doing much of the same in another instance. He's disgraceful. I'd never support a designer who acted like such a disgusting ignorant fool. Dior did the right thing… they must have known he's already been up to similar things in the past…!5772316/watch-dior-designer-john-galliano-say-i-love-hitler

  311. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I find it interesting that you give no credibility to account of the so-called "strangers" who were in fact the victims of what has been reported by (many) third party eyewitnesses to be quite a vile and agressive verbal assault.

    A suspension pending investigation is hardly a drastic measure and is common practice in most professional environments. A zero tolerance policy on racism is the norm, not cruel and unusual punishment for Mr. Galliano.

  312. lori

    February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    there is now a video that shows him saying he loves hitler that someone else who was the subject of one of his rants took on their phone. it is undoubtedly him in a drunken rant…and this may not be the actual one that he was arrested for, it certainly establishes a pattern…now other people who have frequented le perle are coming forward with the same complaint.

    dior probably reacted so quickly because…well…efant terrible is not a moniker that you give to someone because they are sweet…it means you're petulant…to say the least.

  313. eatingraoul

    February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Galliano is guilty, there's a video to prove it….He should be suspended and more….Terrible human being. Just because he designs nice clothes doesn't give him freedom to say nasty stuff….

    Here's the vid.

  314. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    NEW EVIDENCE. I would like to draw everybody's attention to the following video. In it, at the same bar, Galliano says this:

    "I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed."!5772316/watch-dior-designer-john-galliano-say-i-love-hitler


    I think we might need to start talking about Dior's potential new designer.

  315. AliceSemeniouk

    February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I was shocked when i heard the news.
    Dior is wrong in this, they should've supported him in this and shouldn't have suspended him so quickly – alice

  316. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    cameraphone video from a previous antisemtic rant filmed at the same resataurant:

  317. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    The problem with all of this is that another incident of it got caught on camera in the same week…!5771978/john-gallianos-racist-rant-caught-on-camera

  318. Guta Nascimento

    February 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

  319. Morgan

    February 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    here's what he said:

    i'd say video is pretty hard evidence

  320. b.e.b.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

  321. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I don't think it was hasty to get him suspended – it would have been hasty to get him fired. In this day and age, people have the luxury of being loyal – companies don't always have a choice.

    Imagine for a moment that the allegations turn out to be true. Europe in general has a zero-tolerance approach to anti-semitism. As a French company, can you imagine how much Dior's reputation would suffer? The mere fact that they suspended him instead of firing him on the spot means they are willing to look at both sides of the story.

    (for the curious, see video released today on

  322. J28

    February 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  323. Kat

    February 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Seems to me that the board at Dior is jumping on the opportunity to get rid of a probably very highly paid employee – something that's really difficult to do with a man at Galliano's position. Wouldn't be the first time …

  324. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I think Dior only acted to protect the company (which is legitimate). It has nothing to do with ethics. They did the right thing to protect their "brand name". They cannot afford to be associated to anti-semite comments, as it could potentially hurt business. There is a pretty strong jewish lobby all over the world. If Dior ever supported Galliano, some critics might argue that the fashion house supports these comments; therefore, threatening sales, PR and investor relations.

  325. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    in support with a few earlier comments, I disagree with wishing this was dealt with in a manner similar to a sports team. Sports teams will protect any member as long as they are useful to helping them to win.

    A current case in point is Ashley Cole, a top footballer in London. He accidently shot an intern at his football club with a low calibre rifle, and claimed in defense that he did not know it was loaded. The club have all but ignored it, and he is free to continue playing.

    I do not think that is an example to follow. The football club needs to do what is right, just as Dior needs to do what is right. And thankfully they have.

  326. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I do think Dior has taken the right decision (and he is suspended not fired). And if they haven't had taken this decision and the allegations would have turned out to be true then everyone would have blamed them for not taking any actions…

  327. OscarG

    February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I totally agree with you. They need to do an investigation before they take these types of actions.
    Great shoots !!

    Greatings from SF:)

  328. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

  329. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Dior might be looking at cutting ties with him for a while thus such is the perfect time to do some thinking…especially if Galliano is caught(if) with "I am holier than though…" comment.
    We are all judgmental, we just choose to be discreet about it or force ourselves into accepting because the society will react if we did not practice the good deed/ good words all the time. That is why it's better to be kind than have your name tattooed in everyones memory as the killer, rapist or a racist.Galliano should know better…and the industries that allowed such words be taken as jokes.

  330. Hazel

    February 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  331. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  332. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I'm guessing it's the result of cracks in the relationship, and less to do with the alleged incident. Also, he is incredible, the best at what he does, but not exactly exciting anymore. Perhaps it's time? Whatever the case, it stinks!

  333. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I am very happy to see that the majority of people think Dior has taken the right decision! Galliano should not be treated differently to anyone else.

  334. Romina fernandez

    February 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I am a sophomore studying fashion design at Parsons. John Galliano is someone I look to for inspiration, guidance and hope. It hurts when someone this important to me let his dark side come out. A man with extreme talent and diversity, I would of never thought to have been ignorant. I'm not even mad at the actual content but more the disappointment in someone who I have never even met.

  335. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    @10:57 I also wish people would view misogyny as important as racism. As it is,I wish society would view racism as important as anti-semitism.

  336. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    All I am going to say about this situation is this. None of you have any idea how it is to work for a company that does NOT TRUELY respect your vision or you as a person and human being. John's rant is horribly disgusting in so many ways (arrogant,xenophobic,etc.), but there are a few of us that work with him. John is a deeply gentle , soft spoken, loving human being that only wishes to create and be appreciated. Many times us designers LOVE to act and say things that are IRONIC,sometimes with out much "case'", or not understanding the depth of what we are saying. John is of such people, he is CONSTANTLY saying and doing things that are ironic,just plain serial, and that is his charm. I am POSITIVE IN MY HEART that John has not one hateful molecule in his body,aura,or person. This coming from a person that has worked with him and his team on a number of times, directly and indirectly. John,…next time, just stay in your flat and get toasted and stay away from the straights that no sense of humor or irony!!!

  337. Anonymous

    February 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wagner was also anti-semitic and Carvaggio was a murderer. Does it make their creations less beautiful?

  338. Ian

    February 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Isn't it possible it was known within Dior that Galliano was anti-Semitic? Perhaps reprehensible views like that are tolerated after all so long as it is not publicly known. Now that this has gone public and image being everything…

  339. AnastasiaC

    February 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Of course Dior did the right thing!they are a multi million dollar business!
    After seeing the (shocking) video i know they did they right thing – he deserves to go…he seems off his face so maybe there are other issues we dont even know about!
    I agree with the annonymous post above
    'As it is,I wish society would view racism as important as anti-semitism.'

  340. Joe

    March 1, 2011 at 1:31 am


    There you have it. I don't think I've ever said I've loved a genocidist when I've had one too many G&Ts.

    I mean… I'm not saying he said it when he was , but at some point he did!

  341. Basil Black

    March 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I am very glad that our favourite blogger, apart from having great taste, is a truly democratic gentleman with common sense and not a hysteric devotee of political correctness, like the Dior HR department and many of the commentators above.

    Sir, your views on the subject are perfectly correct. No one is guilty until proven so and to find oneself being treated as a priori guilty by your 'team' (be it a sports team, a company department, family or whatever) for whichever reason is deeply disappointing.

    Other than the above, my sympathy goes to John Galliano, already a victim of the ridiculous and deeply fascistic opinion crime laws (hate-speech in his case), and wish him all the best in this disgraceful and sad story.

  342. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 2:36 am


    Just came across this video published by the tabloid English newspaper The Sun:

    It proves it is not the first time that Galliano has been saying racist remarks. If Dior suspended him straight away, it must be because they were aware what he thought about it. We must not be naive and believe only what we read on the newspaper there is a lot more that happens before anything goes out in to surface

  343. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Well Dior probably had the shocking video of drunk Galliano saying anti semitic things before you guys….and so it's just normal to suspend him. I'd rather add fire him. He may have talent, he still has to remain human

  344. Jeremy

    March 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

    They did have evidence of him acting rudely to another woman on video. That just proves the designer's insensitive behaviour towards other people.

  345. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 7:29 am

    ITS JUST THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO FIRE GALLIANO… the house has been relatively stagnant for years. The collections get madder and madder! what a perfect opportunity to throw him out! the last straw on the camels back?! maybe even the fight was staged?!

  346. Marie-Christine

    March 1, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Legal standards are different in France, as everyone could guess, and so is the entire process. Galliano may not have been convicted yet, but if a formal complaint has been taken against him by the police, especially against him as such a public figure, be assured there is probably very good evidence to show that he is in fact guilty. And this incident took place in a very public spot, a restaurant, it's impossible there wouldn't be witnesses, one way or the other.

    I don't think suspension is an exagerated response, he hasn't been outright fired yet. Would you prefer that Dior leave him in place to the bitter end, like the start of his potential prison term? I don't think so.. They do have some responsibility here, cannot be seen as accomplices.

    They may already be well aware of his apparently chronic alcohol problem, which no doubt has caused some problems at work, no 50 year old misbehaves that much in public without putting employees and potentially clients through the wringer first. Dior may have been willing to turn a blind eye to it as long as individuals could be mollified afterwards, but going over the line to criminal behavior is quite something else.

  347. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I saw a separate video where he told the people on the other table "people like you would be dead…your forefathers would be all *xx* gassed," etc. It was very bad. This was in the same place where his charged behavior happened. It would seem that his questioned act and comments is not one-off.

  348. Nicola

    March 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Whatever happened to Dior's PUBLIC RELATIONS? The situation is already bad enough, with Galliano dropping comments like that, but Dior should have thought out their actions more.. grilling your own? Well, it could be. Sounds like a good PR to me.

    Anyhow, it could also be another Press Release.

    ..and Galliano is Galliano. and Galliano IS Dior.

  349. Devi

    March 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

    He was fired today. There were dozens of witnesses who saw him and it was filmed as well

    In the video he says he loves Hitler and jews should be all dead.
    Dior did the right thing!

  350. Kate

    March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Didn't they get the episode on camera phone? I saw something on tv – he appeared drunk and abusive to people sitting at a nearby table. Perhaps he has a problem drinking which means there are deeper issues. Hope he gets help if he needs it.

  351. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    galliano should not have been fired !
    he has the right to like or dislike whomever he pleases …
    enough !

  352. d

    March 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    There's a video.

  353. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Boundaries has to be drawn and somethings just should not be crossed no matter how much of a savant the person is. If one has problems and needs counseling , or " rehab" as people say, then they should seek that help. It is one's own responsibility and should not fall on the society, culture & world at large to have it become this damaging to others. When one has great talent, exposure, following and power, it equals greater responsibility to manage oneself.
    Perhaps this came at the right time, before it's too late to save Galliano's sanity. What would all that fame and talent mean to one, if one has become disillusioned and hence disassociate from the rest of the humanity?


    March 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    In Paris, according to Napoleonic law you are guilty until proven innocent.

    C'est la vie!

  355. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    The US follows the British legal system of "innocent until proven guilty." But in France it is Roman law which is that you "prove your innocence."

  356. trucksmith

    March 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    BTW, French jurisprudence operates under Napoleonic Code, which asserts that one is guilty until proven innocent.

  357. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Free speech has nothing to do with this.

    As the head designer of Dior, basically a member of the senior leadership of a company, Galliano is bound by a whole lot of written and unwritten rules.

    A person in his position does not have free speech because everything he says reflects on his company. Many companies even have morals clauses in their employment contracts.

    I have no doubt he has exhibited such boorish behavior in the past. And if this whole incident does nothing but get him to sober up, wash his face, and cut his hair, it will have been worthwhile.

  358. Anonymous

    March 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    dior are totaly thinking of their customer base in regards to the suspension.
    but they should be standing by their man.
    after all john is an art and fashion rockstar in both his work and behaviour and dior know that. (not that i agree with the alledged comments!)

  359. Anonymous

    March 2, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I think Dior just like any other company is just protecting its image and has done the right thing. The house can burn down and sacrifice its entire workforce because of one person, if he were just an ordinary employee he could have been fired already so Dior had been already considerate in handling the situation.

    There's also a video that came out of JG making the same remarks on a different occassion so this is something that's really in him. I don't think it's not alcohol or any other thing talking anti-semitic remarks.

    Lastly to the people implying that anti-semitic remarks is ok, try telling that in front of not just Jews, but Rwandans, Cambodians, Somalians, etc. You are very very lucky these unfortunate things did not happen to you and your family otherwise you are the one on the other side rejecting JG's "alleged" remarks and not defending him.

  360. delph from France

    March 2, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Now you have proof!!!!!!

  361. mcqueen

    March 2, 2011 at 7:34 am

    proof that he was drunk

    where he will find the help he needs

    I hope that you will stop judging him…
    i work for him during sereval years in his creative studio you have people form all over the world almost nobody come form the same country..he is the most open mind man i have ever meet..He is a great genius but when you are a genius it is complicated to see life the way commun people see it you can not use your standard to judge…i could not recognize him on the video…he is drunk big time….
    I love him and i send him all my support…i am honor to had the chance to work for him
    Fashion is going to be boaring without him

    For the new decade can people that do not know all circonstancies stop…we want judge and court and not media….He scarified his life for work and lot of people..

    Natalie portman her black swan movie that i haven't seen…isn't it about a woman who lost control?

  362. Anonymous

    March 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Unfortunately, Mr. Galliano's insults were captured on video. The video was shown on the Italian news last night.

  363. Anonymous

    March 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

    There is video evidence proving the allegations true.

  364. BillyWarhol

    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Yeah Dior threw Galliano to da Wolves without a Fair Trial – I'm curious who is Accusers were + it was prolly just a Drunken Rant outburst that we ALL can do. I was Happy to see Donatella Versace + Giorgio Armani come to John's defense even tho his comments were a lil off colour* ;)

  365. Anonymous

    March 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I saw the video and it is definitely true! There is nothing "alleged" about it. He's the worst.

  366. fransua

    March 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I totally think that Dior was doing the rigth thing here by suspend Galliano. It's a totally different thing with sports. I dont think that de analogy works here, because what Galliano did was against not only the people of the café, but also against a lot of people around the world who had fight enough for some peace. In sports, if you mess around or you do something like dopping or whatever, the only who's career and future are you playing against to is you, and you pay de price for it.

    Good for Dior. Bad for Galliano. Some mistakes you cant forgive.

  367. Anonymous

    March 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    OMG…are the people getting crazy ???? what is wrong with all of them?? where is the freedom of speach?? he can say whatever he wants.. and everyday you can hear *racist* comments .. all of sudden all jews are so sensitive ..let it go! You OVERUSED Holocaust to gain sympathy over the years!!!! Mel Gibson, Charlie .. Galiano ..who is the next in line ??!!! Give me a break ..

  368. maja

    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 am

    that's why i live in america. freedom. of. speech. drunk people say a lot. drunk eccentric people say even more. he made a mistake. i think there is a whole lot more cooking in the house of dior.

  369. Anonymous

    March 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I think it is time that Dior doesn't really need Galliano anymore, as he has already saved the company which was turning into a boring brand more then a decade back. Dior is back on the highway of business and there is so much talent available in the market that it will not be impossible to replace him with a designer who will be a little lighter on Dior's pocket. Anyways, just an assumption. But food for thought!!

  370. Anonymous

    March 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

    i am jewish, and my first thought when this came out was 'what was said to the man in order to make him say such things'

    while i dont condone him saying such awful things, i just think maybe a little more digging should have been done.

    and yes, dior should have stuck by him until proving guilty beyond a doubt.

  371. Anonymous

    March 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I think a recorded video of Galliano making racists comments is more than an allegation, it is proof. After all, that is how Kate Moss was found guilty of using cocaine!

  372. Anonymous

    March 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The thing is, gossip and nasty rumors are prevalent in the fashion industry. As some people previously posted, the fashion business relies on the facades, the appearances, the performances. Now, I am sure that Galliano has been the target of many an ill-tempered rumors; he is quite the character! Doesn't mean that all the rumors were true (logically, that would be impossible). Yet I cannot help but wonder why this one stuck, why this one led to such consequences. Am I calling Galliano an anti-Semite? No. I don't think we should take anything the media says for face value. I do question, however, what the back story is. The rumored anti-Semitic remarks may not have been the reason for his incarceration, but they could have been the tipping point for Dior.

  373. Anonymous

    March 4, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Emma Gordon and only a few others…this makes me remember why I left fashion…I am sure by now you all have seen the video of his outrageous anti semitic remarks and are regretting your stands. As for those who think that his genius (even though everyone knows he hasnt sketched as much as a pair of socks for a few seasons now) excuses everything, get a life..its only clothes people!! And thanks Emma for being the first to react.

  374. Anonymous

    March 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Well, We have all seen it didn't we? It was on camera! And this was not the first time he made such comments. And you can be drunk and say stupid things but if you say such things, you probably mean it.
    He is a rolemodel not just anyone, such a person should be carufull with his words. I would never wear a dress from him. Bravo to Natalie Portman

  375. Anonymous

    March 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I find some people's advice to Scott to stick to his own job that is fashion, absolutely ridiculous. I think they dismiss the fact that the Sartorialist is a full human being who does things other than taking photos, like waking up every morning reading papers, discussing it and just as much as you are pleased when he shares with whom he is(sleeping) with, you should appreciate when he brings up a topic he is surprised with.
    I much prefer seeing a whole person across the webpage. It feels more realistic.
    As for G, too bad.

  376. Anonymous

    March 6, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Well, he did spent some time in jail for some reason. That reason in my opinion could be enough for Dior to make a decision about the suspension. Although I am fully agreed with the fact, that noone can be judged until proven guilty, maybe there is some more to this decision than we know from the press. So actually it's not easy to jugde Dior either.

  377. Anonymous

    March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I'm not sure what there is to investigate, when there is a video of the whole incident.

    Humans must learn to suffer the consequences of their actions. Yes, Scott, even drunk fashion designers.

  378. Anonymous

    March 8, 2011 at 3:04 am

  379. laurence

    March 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I thought he actually did get fired; didn't he? at least that's what I read.

  380. Julianna

    March 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I thought with a fashion house as large as Dior and it having been around as long as Dior they would realize how attention hungry some people are and that being said sometimes to attain that attention are not entirely truthful. I truly believe that although he may have said something not entirely appropriate, that it more than likely was taken out of context and completely blown out of proportion. Still have love for Galliano.

  381. Ryan

    March 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    It seems to me that for an esteemed fashion house like Dior to put this kind of message forward: We will risk our entire image and vision in an effort to remain politically correct in the eyes of the world and more importantly our clientele, that there's much more behind all of this. Obviously the videos show a very disturbed man, and while on the outside this may look like a hasty crucifixion, this may be the last straw in a long line of erratic and dangerous behavior on the part of John Galliano. Perhaps Mr. Galliano had been given many chances and opportunities by LVMH to change his behavior and get help for what could be easily construed as a substance problem and he did not comply… then this. Unfortunate for Dior and the world of fashion to witness the downfall of such a talented artist (especially after seeing his last collection!), but as is usually the case in these situations I'm sure Mr. Galliano will resurface sometime in the near future like a phoenix from the ashes.

  382. Anonymous

    March 17, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Are you actually serious? Of course Dior did the right thing.
    It was caught on video. That's all the prove of guilt I need.

    Racism is unacceptable and must not be tolerated regardless of whether a person is a talented designer or not.

  383. Anonymous

    March 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I think the actions of Dior were appropriate. While JG is a good designer and all that, he damaged the face and reputation of the company. They lost Natalie Portman one of the faces of Dior due to his videotaped rant. No, I don't think their actions were too hasty.

  384. Anonymous

    March 19, 2011 at 6:15 am

    He's drunk, stressed and frustrated at that late night moment …. a downside time that we all face in our daily life!… I think it's Dior who may want to shop him out for long time ago, it's just a golden moment flying in to them or else a conspiracy theme with those two lousy women were set up by Dior … :)
    By the way Scott, I love your works you re the fashion eagle!

  385. Anonymous

    March 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    whatevs, saw the video of him ranting. good job Dior!! **claps**

  386. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    …. nothing will affect his talent and his distinctive vision in a fashion umpire ;
    yes, socially it will bring him difficulties , I guess a huge problems …
    …. but I think high fashion is world of dramas and conflicts and distraction of structure …
    Galliano had the opinion and Dior got the reason …


    March 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

    he was never that good, a bit like Armani, they get a traddeswoman who can interpret their ideas , thatys it. Give me someone like that and I'll do John Galliano. I do Oxford Shirts, I design them but a woman interprets them and does the donkey work

  388. manchester escorts

    March 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    No smoke without fire – Dior would not have sacked him on a whim!

  389. la mode

    February 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Good outfit! I really love your blog

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