Saturday, February 26, 2011

Why was Galliano arrested? What can you learn from the headlines?

This is John Galliano:

What was ihis alleged crime?  Depends, I presume on the newspaper.

The UK Guardian:

John Galliano arrested in Paris after drinking session

John Galliano, who is head of Dior, was held by police after allegedly making antisemitic remarks to a couple at a cafe

The UK Sun:

Fashion legend Galliano arrested 

BRIT fashion legend John Galliano has been dumped by his label after being arrested on suspicion of assault and anti-Semitism.


Dior suspends star designer John Galliano for alleged anti-Semitism

UK Telegraph:

John Galliano suspended by Dior following arrest over 'anti-semitic rant'

The Independent:-

John Galliano arrested

The NYTimes Magazine:

John Galliano Suspended from Dior

I guess antisemitism usually comes in second but due to a significant Jewish presence in the fashion scene (the 'shmatte trade' as I knew it in NY.  My father worked in it many years ago as a floor manager for a women's sports and swimwear plant).
Design pics from VogueUK


Galliano is alleged to have told a woman sitting at a table beside him: ‘Dirty Jew, you should be dead.’
France’s Europe 1 radio claimed he then ranted to an Asian man sitting with her: ‘****ing Asian b******, I’m going to kill you.’ He then allegedly turned back to the woman, repeatedly calling her an ‘ugly whore’, the station reported. Witnesses called police during the incident, said to have taken place in front of dozens of astonished revellers.
A police source said: ‘We arrived extremely quickly and managed to break up the disturbance. The man involved was briefly arrested and then released pending charges for assault. ‘Witnesses said he swore heavily, using anti-Jewish insults, before attacking a couple. ‘Both have provided witness statements, as have a number of other people at the bar, including staff.’
Anti-semitic remarks are punishable by up to six months in prison in France, but Galliano has not yet been charged with an offence. His lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, ‘formally denied’ his client had made racist comments. But Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano said: ‘Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-semitic or racist words or behaviour.


No comments: