Following several allegations made against John Galliano for verbal abuse and the release of a cell phone video showing Galliano making shocking anti-Semitic slurs, Dior has just announced that they have fired their creative director, effective immediately (as in, within 24 hours, we hear), calling his statements and conduct "deeply offensive."
"We unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano which are total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior,” Dior’s president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano said in a statement.
Dior's ousting comes after a drama-filled week in which two separate claims of verbal abuse laden with anti-Semitism were filed against Galliano, and most recently, the release of a shocking video of Galliano on an anti-Semitic rant. “I love Hitler," he says in the video, allegedly filmed at the same Paris cafe that was the site of the two other incidences. "People like you would be dead," he says to a nearby patron, "Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f**king gassed.”
The Sun, the Brit tabloid that originally published the incriminating video, did not report when the video was taken. Suspicious? Pehaps.
Now we're hearing rumors that the video was from October and released this week because Dior has wanted Galliano out for some time. It's true, the timing of all this does seem suspect--the quickness with which Dior put Galliano on suspension, and the subsequent allegation that followed, capped by the release of the video, the final nail in Galliano's coffin. Word is Galliano's alcoholism (he was often reported to be seen drunk at La Perle) and bigotry had been problems for some time.
According to WWD, Dior still plans to show this Friday.