Update: Dior to Dismiss John Galliano

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Dior will move to formally fire John Galliano from his long-held post as the luxury brand’s Creative Director specifically in light of the anti-Semitic slurs he recently made at a Paris cafe, which Natalie Portman, the face of Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, openly condemned yesterday. In France, it is illegal to make anti-Semitic remarks.

Dior’s chief executive Sidney Toledano said this about the decision to sever ties with the designer: “I condemn with the greatest firmness the comments made by John Galliano, in total contradiction with the essential values which have always been defended by Christian Dior.”

Galliano is a tremendously talented and directional fashion designer with a vivid imagination, and his contributions to the runway will be missed – but I applaud Dior refusing to stand by even so famous an employee after its been revealed that – whatever the psychology of the source – he’s capable of saying things so reckless, bigoted, and full of hate.

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