It was almost inevitable: Following Sunday’s announcement that John Galliano would be teaching a master class at Parsons, a petition has popped up on Change.org protesting the designer’s new teaching appointment.
First noticed by The Fashion Spot, the petition currently has 175 signatures. It argues that it’s “disgraceful” for the design school to hire the highly-controversial designer who, just two years ago, was arrested and subsequently fired from Dior for making anti-Semitic slurs.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s for three months or three days, hiring someone who has made such horrific comments shows that the school values Galliano over their entire Jewish student body,” the petition argues. “It shows they value him over their students’ respect, peace of mind, and heritage.”
Though the petition is anonymous, it is at least intended to appear that it’s coming from a Parsons student. “We do not want money from our tuition going to this kind of person,” the petition continues. “We feel like we’ve been slapped in the face by our school.” It calls for Parsons to revoke Galliano’s post, asking signees to put their names to the following: “Anti-Semitic Fashion Designer John Galliano should not teach at the school as it undermines the school’s respect for their entire Jewish body.”
Of course not everyone feels the same way. The Daily News quotes Parsons senior Corinne Hay, 24, who plans to take Galliano’s master class as saying “We all say stupid s— while drunk. We’ve all made Jew jokes.” [Ed. note: YIKES.]
Comments on this site in response to news of Galliano’s new teaching gig were overwhelmingly positive. “Oh my gosh! I would love to attend his classes. No matter what he’s said or done, J. Galiano [sic] has had great impact in the fashion industry and his students will have an amazing teacher to learn from. His talent is fabulous. Wonderful news for those privileged to attend the three-day class!” wrote AnnaCris.
So should he stay or should he go?
We’ve reached out to a rep from Parsons and will update when we hear back.
UPDATE: Parsons has no comment on the petition beyond their original statement, which we published on Monday.