This just landed in our inbox: a statement from the press office of Lloyd Klein, a fashion designer who dresses the likes of Paula Abdul and Gwen Stefani. Klein wants people to know how he feels about the John Galliano case. This is the statement he sent along:
“The King of the World”, will now be recalled as “the Emperor who had no Clothes”.
John Galliano’s startling dismissal from Dior that resulted from his vulgar public rant and hurtful racist remarks aimed at the Jewish people, should serve as a reminder, that racism and bigotry are the enemies of elegance and grace. I am a Jewish man and a Parisian Couturier now based in Los Angeles. My career was launched in the same small pond as Mr. Galliano. I was head designer at Madame Grès and he was nearby in the same capacity at Givenchy. Anti-Semitism has noticeably lurked in France throughout history, so I am not shocked that he harbors this disease in his heart and feels safe to be vocal in public. However, I am outraged at his carelessness as a spokesperson and role model. He is an extremely talented artist, but enormous coveted opportunity comes with equal responsibility. It is a sad day for the industry and a reminder that racism cannot hide behind the skirt. John Galliano once “the King of the World”, will now be recalled as “the Emperor who had no Clothes”. LLOYD KLEIN
I had never heard of Klein, and wondered why he wanted to get his word out so badly. A quick Google search unearthed a TMZ article, which detailed Klein's 2009 legal trouble. Apparently, a stark naked Klein was accused of beating a friend when the friend tried to retrieve keys from Klein's Los Angeles home. At the time, Klein claimed that his ex-friend was crazed when he tried to enter his home and that he was defending himself. There was a vase thrown and Klein also allegedly hit the intruder with an iron candlestick.
So that is something.