Natalie Portman condemns John Galliano’s comments

Natalie Portman, who is the face of Dior Cherie fragrance and its current ad campaign, has condemned the anti-Semitic  tirade Dior designer John Galliano unleashed in a Paris bar.

In a statement released Monday evening in Los Angeles, Portman said: “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.”

Word came yesterday that Galliano has been fired from Dior. This leaves the storied house in search of a new designer. Who will it be?

There is no word yet on whether this will affect Portman’s relationship with Dior. I certainly hope not. She is courageous and unabashed in her conviction. I admire her for that, as well as for her intelligence, grace and beauty. Won’t she be a wonderful mother? Lucky baby!

How sad to see a brilliant designer derail. What was he thinking?

– Paula Rath

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3 Responses to Natalie Portman condemns John Galliano’s comments

  1. artonawingpc says:

    To be associated with a distinguished house of design such as Dior, is a priveledge. He blew that by his behavior, now he has been fired. Who will replace hime? I read somewhere that it may be one of the Rodarte (Mulleavy sisters) or even Gareth Pugh. The sisters, as well as Gareth Pugh are know for their “fantasy” type of designs. Time will tell. I totally agree with you regarding Natalie Portman.

  2. Tyson says:

    Aunty Pat,

    I heard Ricardo Tisci! It’s funny how all of these rumors are swirling

  3. artonawingpc says:

    Tyson that would be so awesome. He is the designer that did the fabulous latest collection for Givenchy. The wonderful collection for spring Fantasy/Baroque/Asian influenced gowns. Cate Blanchette wore one at the Oscars. In fact, it would be a great loss for Givenchy if he moves over to Dior!

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