It’s unfathomable! The reactions to the John Galliano incident run the full gamut of extremes. At first, there was disgust and disdain from every corner of the fashion world, and some of the greatest models separated themselves from Galliano. Natalie Portman led the ensuing crowds in sharing their disgust. However, now things have changed a lot, and Portman and her crowd are the minority.
People are still upset about what Galliano said, but many of the other models and designers are now expressing their chagrin by saying they disagree with what he said but he’s a designer that helps shape the fashion world. Does his talent override his actions? It seems that may be so.
It’s no secret that Galliano was taped expressing his love for Hitler, and some other anti-Semitic statements were made at a café in Paris, where he’d gotten drunk. Some are saying all he needs is rehab, because alcohol can make a person say things and act in a way that’s beneath them. But, it’s not okay to berate others because of their religion or race.
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman called his behavior offensive and said Galliano made a terrible mistake. But, she pointed out, he has a large talent and has contributed greatly to Christian Dior’s success.
Giorgio Armani said he felt very, very sorry for Galliano, citing that it’s a difficult time for him and he was sorry that Galliano was filmed without his knowledge, as well.
Even Roberto Cavalli joined in by saying what a good person he’s known John Galliano to be. He found it hard to believe that his old friend would even make anti-Semitic remarks to anyone “because he’s so international.” Cavalli also expressed that he thought Dior should welcome him back on a red carpet for what he’s done for Dior.
In Milan, Donatella Versace remarked with disgust over the remarks and says there was no justification for what Galliano had done and she doubts that he meant anything hateful.
So, it seems, that being liked is more important than following laws, at least in the fashion world.