Wednesday, 22 June 2011

John Galliano on trial

As you all know, Blogger is experiencing some slightly annoying technical difficulties today regarding uploading photographs, so bear with me. 

We've all seen the video. We've all witnessed his consequential downfall. And today at John Galliano's trial, he admitted the demons which drove him. He was addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs.

Today, in the same building where Marie Antoinette was sentenced to death (the Palais de Justice in Paris), Galliano stood accused of "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity".
    His outbursts, of which there are apparently three on separate occasions, include "I love Hitler" and "People like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be gassed", which can be heard on the now notorious online video. He is also accused of calling a receptionist an "Asian bastard".
    Galliano has apologised profusely for the remarks, even revealing that he is of Jewish decent. He has also undergone rehabilitation in the Arizona desert and has apparently been clean for three months as a result. He reportedly told the court today- "I have an addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, a recovering addict." 

The thing is, as much as I adore Galliano (and I do. I believe Dior lost a true genius) there is no excuse for racism, whether it was uttered whilst under the influence or not. There is no room in our society today for any sort of prejudice, least of all in the fast-forward, trend-setting society that is fashion. The biggest question in this story is, will Galliano be acquitted and restore his reputation as fashion's king of eccentricity? Just recently, celebrity hairdresser James Brown also blamed excessive drinking for his racist comments made at the Bafta's. Will laying the blame on alcohol and drugs let them get away with it? Because it certainly wouldn't if it were normal people in the courtrooms.

What do you guys think?


  1. A well put post, makes a pleasant change to see intellectual debate rather than usual outfit posts found on most blogs :)I think it's a sad case, I too think Galliano is a genius in his trade and for fashion to lose him permanently would no doubt have knock on effects on the industry in the future. There's no denying his actions were wrong, but there has been many a celebrity that's gotten away with similar acts and then rebuilt their reputations with the aid of good publicists. Plus he has already gone through the humiliation of admitting to having had drink and drug problems. With all this in mind I'm personally in two minds as to what his outcome should be.

  2. Well said. I completely agree with you.
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    Nick x

  3. I completely agree with you (as per usual). No matter how genius a man is, racism should never be accepted in any industry, society or culture. I've never understood racism, or sexism, and never will.


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