Not terribly surprisingly, the Sartorialist, who's often under fire for his commitment to show how fashionable it is to smoke cigarettes and generally to weigh three pounds, and who inevitably tosses in a few comments about how pro-healthy-lifestyle he is before reverting to business as usual, is miffed that John Galliano's fashion career may (momentarily, obvs, as these things always go) suffer for having allegedly aimed anti-Semitic remarks at a (non-Jewish, but allegedly ugly-bag-carrying) stranger at a café in the gay-and-Jewish Marais neighborhood of Paris.
There are two points here - the principle of innocent until proven guilty, which our international legal expert the Sartorialist explains is valid in Paris as well (although isn't this more about a company's PR, which is and ought to be more stringent than the law? and seems he wasn't even fired, just suspended!), and the question of whether Art (in this case Fashion) should be so revered that one of its princes should be allowed to do whatever he damn well pleases. Roman Polanski territory.
The Sartorialist does not explicitly state the latter, but this is so clearly the perspective from which he's coming at the question. I mean, ugh. If the man was an expert at some rare kind of brain surgery, we might think the loss was too great for even a few days. But he's scheduled to design Kate Moss's wedding dress. This can wait.
One commenter sees it otherwise:
This is so stupid, everyone loooves John Galliano and there is no Dior imaginable without him...:-(
This would be a tragedy.
This may sound crass but when it comes to businesses, appearances are all the more important. Dior is likely thinking of their Semetic customers, right along with having no tolerance for anti-Semetic remarks for purely moral reasons.
Mr. Toledano (Sephardic Jewish) has suspended Galliano for "zero-tolerence for anti-semitic remarks".Each draw their own conclusions.
I am with you Scott, also all the way behind John. In sports, suspension is agreed upon before the 'game' starts. Dior's reaction: disproportionate, haste, absurd and harmful comes as a slap in the hand to the couturier that injected new blood to the House. If Galliano is a gentleman, he will right this wrong and maybe reconsider working for LVMH which is NOT but only OWNS Dior. Shameful behaivour of the money handlers...as always. Talent will prevail, and Galliano will be Galliano at any measure."