Dior fires head designer John Galliano after racist rant video

Christian Dior said on Tuesday that the French label is firing its head designer John Galliano, 50, after a video of his racist rant went public on Monday, reports the AP. In the clip, Galliano said, "I love (Adolf) Hitler," and told the couple he was arguing with, "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed."

According to the AP, Dior decried "the particularly odious nature of (Galliano’s) behavior and words" in the video.

"Knowing John’s proclivity for provocation on the runway and in life, to hear such accusations (of bigotry) wasn’t surprising. But the (video was) too damning to deny," the AP quoted fashion guru and author Dana Thomas. "I’m sure (Dior CEO Sidney) Toledano was deeply hurt because he’s Jewish... It’s an insolence that’s unforgivable."

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman praised Dior’s move to fire Galliano. "The fact that someone is brilliant in a certain field does not immunize him from facing the consequences of words that are hateful, bigoted or prejudiced. Galliano is a public figure with a high profile, but he is apparently also a serial bigot."

In France, making anti-Semitic slurs can be punishable by up to six months in prison, reports the AP. Galliano appeared in a police station on Monday to face the claims against him. He "denied all accusations against him" according to a police officer who declined to be named.

Fashion insiders said that Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz or Givenchy’s Riccardo Tischi might replace Galliano, reports the AP.


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