Israeli-born Natalie Portman, who is currently the face of the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has issued a statement regarding Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant caught on video, the New York Times is reporting:
“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.”
Jezebel is citing reports that Portman had planned to wear Dior for the Oscars and swapped it for Rodarte last minute after hearing of Galliano’s arrest and the initial claim of verbal assault and Antisemitism filed against him. We doubt this is true for several reasons: firstly, Portman was photographed the day after the Oscars (Galliano was arrested the morning of the Oscars) carrying a Dior bag; second, Portman’s Rodarte gown was custom made and Portman went out of her way to thank the Mulleavy sisters during her Oscar speech–it seems unlikely it was a last minute switch; and thirdly, according to Portman’s own statement, it was Galliano’s shockingly offensive anti-Semitic rant caught on video and released yesterday (which then went viral)–not his initial arrest on claims of Antisemitism and verbal abuse–that caused Portman to speak out.
The Times is reporting that it is “unclear” how Portman’s contract with Dior will be affected.