John Galliano Racist? Or John Galliano being John Galliano?
John Galliano - the man sacked by Dior back in 2011 for making anti-Semitic remarks - surprised, stunned and insulted some people by appearing in a getup usually attributed to Hasidic Jews on Tuesday (Feb, 13).
Galliano was disgraced in 2011 when he racially abused a Jewish woman outside a cafe in Paris, so his latest fashion statement seems an odd one - designed to enflame. But, according to The New York Daily Newsm Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League has defended him, saying this is just "John Galliano being John Galliano." Foxman went on to explained, "This guy is trying. I'm not soft on people who say, 'Hitler's my hero.'" Given that Galliano did indeed say that, this seems like an odd statement. Galliano is "on a pilgrimage to learn and grow from his mistakes," he said. "He is trying very hard to atone."
He was spotted dressed up... as he was leaving his house and heading to Oscar de la Renta's Fashion Week show. The hat, long coat and curled locks by construed by some as offensive by some Jewish leaders. And those au fait with Galliano's movements over the past few years noted that the outlandish style icon has been wearing that hat for years. Foxman, too, added of the controversial attire: "Hasidim do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie."