Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Natalie Portman Slams Designer John Galliano for Anti-Semitic Remarks.

Newly minted Oscar winner Natalie Portman can currently be seen in ads for popular Christian Dior scent Miss Dior Cherie, but she's disassociating herself from the company's long-time lead designer after he was sacked from the company for allegedly making anti-semitic comments. John Galliano was fired from the Paris-based fashion house after getting into a drunken bar argument that led to his arrest in Paris, where making anti-semitic remarks is against the law.

In a video published online by British newspaper The Sun, a man who appears to be Galliano makes pro-Hitler statements. "I love Hitler," he says. "Your mother, your forefathers would be f---ing gassed and f---ing dead."

Upon winning her Oscar, Natalie turned down questions about her association with Dior, and by extension Galliano. But after further review, she released a statement late Monday condemning the designer's outburst.

"I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today," she said in the statement. "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."

She went on to add: "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."

Dior president Sidney Toledano also released a statement distancing the company from Galliano, who has been its leading designer since 1997.

"I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior," he wrote in the statement.

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