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Dior fires designer John Galliano after online video shows him praising Hitler

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By the way - does anyone think he looks like Prince?

LOL! separated at birth?

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actually I am referring to the pic ran by AP and JT

So was I.

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By the way - does anyone think he looks like Prince?

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That any of you know who he is - or care - is telling. I thought all of you brave and noble supporters of the left were too busy righting the world's wrongs and taking care of the down-trodden to worry about some sod prancing about in the wealthy and useless world of high fashion.

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We, consumers have a tool to stop a guy like him. Stop buying his products and let him go.

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smithinjapan,

Sarcasm doesn't befit you. I watched the video and still cannot judge. We've no idea what, if anything, provoked this. Who knows what these people said to him before the 'tirade'?...

As I said before, many of us have probably said things that, in retrospect, maybe we shouldn't have said. Perhaps this was one of those moments for Galliano. Difference for him was that the video was 'bought' by that most reputable of newspapers, 'The Sun'. Hmmm... I wonder how much these people were paid for this. If some of the things I said in the past were recorded for all to see, and if I were a celebrity, I'd probably be languishing in some jail or would certainly be poverty stricken due to all the lawsuits.

It'll be interesting to see if France takes action. They could do, if he made such strong anti-semitic remarks. At the time of writing this, no action has been taken.

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France's anti-racism law dates back to 1972 and aims to protect all racial and ethnic minorities. Then in 1990, France supplemented this with the Gayssot law, which added a ban on Holocaust denial. In addition, Judges can also impose a penalty on parties convicted of racist crimes, depriving them of some of their civil rights.

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I have no trouble with Dior firing this tool. They have that right as an employer.

However, what DID surprise me in the article is that France actually has laws against uttering anti-semitic remarks. Six months in jail for saying rude things about Jews? Unbelievable and totally counter to western values of freedom. I wonder if any other group enjoys the same protection....

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I am tempted to say it's just Europe being Europe; but it's not to hard to imagine the same pathology could be found among the elites in US fashion and media.

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The creep will be exonerated soon.

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That's cause he's the product of alcohol embalming.

.................. actually I am referring to the pic ran by AP and JT

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“But the videos that went viral yesterday were too damning to deny,”

This whole thing is simply astounding. Dior says, "It's not surprising" what was said, but the 'too damning to deny' seems to indicate they knew and were just going along with it until it became a danger to the business. What's more, they're STILL using the guy's collection and banking on the people who show up to see it. DISGUSTING!

forinagai: "I haven't seen the video yet... Would be interesting to see the whole video and not just a small edited (if it has been edited) segment. Many things can be taken completely out of context."

No kidding! We absolutely cannot judge “No, but I love Hitler, and people like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers, would be ... gassed and ... dead" without any context. I mean, maybe he started tap dancing after and said, "Nah, I was just joshing ya!"

I find it extremely sad that people are defending this lout, or proclaiming that because of his success racism can suddenly have occurred and it's not his fault, etc. A lot of the people quoted in the article are painting Galliano as a victim.

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Never did like the "man" but he crossed the line and deserves what he got.

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For a 50-year-old , he ages well.

That's cause he's the product of alcohol embalming.

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For a 50-year-old , he ages well.

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In fairness, Adolf was a pretty snappy dresser.

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"Firing him seems a little harsh" the company has to uphold its image and as he works for them it reflects on them so they did some damage control. Maybe he will learn from it but probably not

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"Hey...give the guy a break. He was drunk" Oops l run someone over and killed them but l was drunk so thats ok! Where do we draw the line? Drunk is not a defence

One should definitely not be driving when drunk, but talking is fine.

Having said that, he seems like a messed up fellow. What he said was wrong/offensive. But what ever happened to "sticks and stones may ...." Firing him seems a little harsh, not that I'll miss his designs in any way.

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Jews are heavily involved in all stages of the cosmetics and fashion fields, particularly retailing (not to mention show business). So it is no exaggeration to say that Galliano owes some of his wealth and success to the people he apparently detests. When does it make good business sense to insult your customers?

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forinagai,

Fair point!!

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Interesting contrast with the story from yesterday about the band appearing on MTV in Nazi garb, and both of them refusing to apologize. Here, the company fires his a@@, even though it could cost them millions, and, he could face criminal charges under French law. One is an example of a corporation and a cultural taking the moral high road. While the other is just Japan and one of its companies being their usual ignorant selves.

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I haven't seen the video yet... Would be interesting to see the whole video and not just a small edited (if it has been edited) segment. Many things can be taken completely out of context.

Don't get me wrong. I am NOT excusing his behaviour at all. Yes, I posted earlier, 'hey...give the guy a break'. I was being light-hearted. It's something we hear a lot in Japan, 'forgive me...I was drunk' etc.

Sometimes we say things that we regret. In this day and age when everything we say or do can be recorded, we have to be supersensitive to what we do.

I sometimes get kinda worried about how far the 'being PC' is going nowadays. That's not to say I don't support Dior firing him. If it damages the company's image, the company has a right to protect itself.

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I know he didnt but what l was getting at is where does the being drunk excuse stop and responsibility for your actions start do we say oh ok he was drunk he's forgiven for mouthing off, or punching someone, or robbing something we need to draw a line or things get blurred. Yes its unfortunate that he was drunk and said these things but he said them being drunk is not an excuse in my opinion

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He was just like Mel Gibson. Drunk is not an excuse to sudden be racist. Drunk people often drop their guard and the real them come out! Stupid guy.

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But he didn't run anyone over...

He kinda did with his mouth.

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AdamB - But he didn't run anyone over...

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What an idiot. He should know that everyone has a camera on person. He should also know that people will sell anyone out. What a fool.

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"Hey...give the guy a break. He was drunk" Oops l run someone over and killed them but l was drunk so thats ok! Where do we draw the line? Drunk is not a defence

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Hey...give the guy a break. He was drunk!

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I am Jewish and am glad he got fired. I hate haters... That sounds wrong. I dilike and have no repsect for anti-semites.

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Oh, he's gay? So, we have to let him off for being anti-semitic don't we?

I don't get it.

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I don't think this flamboyant homosexual has thoroughly thought through his viewpoint on Hitler." Oh, he's gay? So, we have to let him off for being anti-semitic don't we?

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I don't think this flamboyant homosexual has thoroughly thought through his viewpoint on Hitler.

It is rather ironic this guy was videotaped professing his love for a man that would have had him wearing a pink triangle and sent off to be gassed.

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I know someone who worked for him before he became famous. I heard nothing good about him then and he treated underlings terribly and abused those he felt below him.

This rant makes me hate him even more. Sad thing is that the fashion world is so shallow that he will come back, maybe bigger than ever.

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What a jacka** No place in the world for this kind of hate. We all have some form of bias, bigotry, etc. in our hearts but we have to look past it and think clearly at ALL times. He deserves his punishment. Hopefully, he has learned a lesson and will try harder to be a better person towards all.

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I saw the video, and there indeed seems to be something wrong with this fellow.

What does a swishy fashion designer even know about Hitler?

It seems he doesn't know very much about the guy.

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I don't think this flamboyant homosexual has thoroughly thought through his viewpoint on Hitler.

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It's got to be more than being drunk. What does a swishy fashion designer even know about Hitler? The man is obviously in the process of going off the deep end.

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Just as I suspected in the last story about this creep. He deserves to be fired.

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