Today is a sad day not only in the world of fashion but in the world itself.
Racism has struck in the form of one of the top designers in haute couture, John Galliano, the creative director of Christian Dior who has officially been fired from Dior today.
As a big fan of Galliano’s work, seen in a recent review post of his Spring 2011 Haute Couture line, this incident has disappointed me greatly. As the famous saying goes, “wine goes in, truths come out” which is a very accurate commentary and tagline for this situation. It has deeply sadden me to see that such prejudices and ignorance still exist in our world today. As someone who is proud to be Jewish, I do take this rather personally and am glad that the house of Dior has stood up against what he has said.
The reactions of other people from all industries have been unanimous in their shock and disgust, Natalie Portman's stuck out the most to me (as she is Jewish herself). She said the following this morning in a statement:
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
She sums it up very well; life is not beautiful if there is hate and prejudices.
Let's make this world a more beautiful place without any prejudices and more understanding!