From now on, flamboyant stylisto John Galliano will have to “love Hitler” from the unemployment line!
Fashion house Christian Dior has sacked its chief designer of 15 years after a videotape of the drunken Brit spewing venom in an anti-Semitic outburst surfaced online this week. The footage left brand muse and newly-minted Oscar winner Natalie Portman (who just so happens to be Jewish) “shocked and disgusted,” which prompted the upscale label to begin immediate proceedings to axe Galliano.
In a seething statement issued to the press Monday evening, Portman to cut all links with Galliano after he was heard telling fellow customers in a Paris cafe that their mothers “would have been gassed” and “I love Hitler.” The explosive video emerged shortly after the designer — a former favorite of the late Princess Diana — was suspended as Dior’s creative director last week following his arrest by French police over allegations he subjected yet another couple to a drunken, anti-Semitic tirade.
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful,” Natalie — the Israeli-born face of Dior’s Miss Cherie Dior fragrance — fumed in a press statement issued late Monday.
In the vid, uploaded to the Web this week, the clearly visible Style Guy tells a woman: “I love Hitler” and adds: “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would be… gassed and… dead,” reports the Independent.”
Meanwhile, Galliano was summoned by Paris police on Monday to face three people who have accused him of racially berating them in a Parisian bar in two separate incidents last week.
“Galliano was sitting alone nursing his drink, when a few of us sat at the next table,” says the man who videotaped the designer’s rant. “Galliano kept intruding, throwing in comments about us and what we were saying. We knew who he was. We were stunned by what Galliano was saying, but then he started making vile anti-Semitic comments. His words were disgusting. He made it clear the Italian girls weren’t welcome and should go home. This was pure racism.”
Gallian, 50, continues to deny allegations that he is a bigot and has vowed to fight any charges leveled against him.