[VIDEO] Natalie Portman Expresses ‘Disgust’ At John Galliano’s Anti-Semitic Remarks
Annnnd the John Galliano debacle just keeps getting messier. Oscar winner Natalie Portman (she recently received this award Sunday in the Best Actress category for her leading role in Black Swan) expressed her ‘disgust’ Monday after watching this video of British fashion designer John Galliano spouting anti-semitic remarks.
“I will not be associated with him in any way,” the 29-year-old actress said.
Portman, who was born in Israel and is the new face of Miss Cherie Dior, said she is “shocked” after watching the video. And who wouldn’t be?! Galliano is seen confessing his love for Adolf Hitler and tells two women they “should have been gassed.” And notice how he’s so drunk that he can’t even sit up straight. HOT MESS. Galliano is currently suspended by the fashion label Dior pending the finality of the incident.
“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,” Portman said in a statement regarding the incident. “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.”
Galliano, who still claims that he is “no racist” is shown in the video (which was shot in Paris at a bar called Le Perie last December) telling two unnamed Italian women:
“People like you ought to be dead, your mothers, your forefather would all be f*cking gassed. I love Hitler.”
Portman wore this purple, flowy Rodarte gown to Sunday’s Oscars and while many speculate that she chose not to wear her Dior gown after hearing about this incident, her stylist Kate Young insists that Portman is wearing the gown of her original choice.
However, actresses Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone wore Dior gowns on the red carpet. Stone skipped all press interviews and Kidman declined comment on the Galliano incident.
According to the Daily Mail, the film above is not the first incident. An unnamed 48-year-old woman recently made a formal complaint against the police stating that she was also subject to his anti-Semitic attacks at the same bar in October! The more recent incident (i.e. Thursday) involves Geraldine Bloch, 35, and Philippe Virgitti, 41. (The unnamed 48-year-old came forward after hearing how he did the same to more people at the same bar). Galliano called Bloch a “dirty Jew” and said she should be dead. He called Virgitti (who is of Asian origin) a “f*cking Asian bastard” and threatened to kill him. The craziest part? None of the women involved are Jewish! According to WWD, Galliano was detained after Thursday’s incident with an alcohol reading of 1.01 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air. (Meaning, Glamazons that the man was very drunk.)
Galliano has filed a counter claim in a civil court in Paris citing defamation against Bloch and Virgitti citing his innocence. According to the Daily Mail, his lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, insists that the video above has “no value” and that Galliano “has never been anti-Semitic while working at Dior“. SERIOUS SIDE EYE. If the allegations against him are found to be true, some say that Dior will be promptly firing him (as I believe they should!). Dior President and Chief Executive Officer Sidney Toledano said the fashion house has a policy of “zero tolerance” regarding racism and anti-Semitism and that Galliano will remain suspended until the final results of the police investigation are released.
What do you think of the video, Glamazons? You know, they say that alcohol brings out a man’s true character so do you think that this is the real Galliano that we’re seeing here?! Share your thoughts in the comments section below!