General Antisemitism

Guardian’s defense of John Galliano seems “slightly” less credible after video surfaces of the fashion guru praising Hitler


H/T Harry’s Place

On Friday, The Guardian posted this piece in response to John Galliano’s arrest on Thursday for assaulting and hurling anti-Semitic abuse at a couple at a bar in Paris.

I have to admit that I’m not as sophisticated as the Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley, and had to look up the French term Bon Viveur” – which I now know refers to Galliano’s apparent zest for life and good living – but I am bright enough to understand the words “racist” attached to “non” mean something to the effect of: “no racism here, nothing to see, please move along.”

However, it seems that the crusading anti-racist daily may have had second thoughts, and saw fit to note the following on Feb. 27.

This article was amended on 27 February 2011. The original headline, Bon viveur? Yes. Racist? Non‘, was felt to have been misleading, by giving the impression the writer had concluded John Galliano was not a racist before any allegation had been fully investigated. It has now been changed.

Misleading? You think?

This video, released today, showing the fashion guru (on a previous occasion) praising Hitler and hurling anti-Semitic abuse to customers to the effect of “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed” would certainly seem to erode the credibility of the Guardian’s apologia.

Of note, Morley’s defense of Galliano – the text of which hasn’t been revised – dutifully quoted a fashion editor, and apparent acquaintance of the colorful Galliano, to vouch for his anti-racist credentials, noting:

“he embraces different cultures in his work – when he is researching a collection, he will travel and immerse himself in the place and the fabric and the people”

So, I guess, of course, in the Guardian’s defense, one could reasonably interpret Galliano’s rant against Jews as merely an attempt to immerse himself in anti-Semitic culture in advance of, oh, I don’t know, a new Gestapo line of footwear or, perhaps, Taliban-style robes he’s promoting.

(Update: John Galliano was fired by Christian Dior after the above video went viral.  No word yet from the Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley)

Et Tu, Jess?

20 replies »

  1. The Guardian’s support for the self-proclaimed anti-semite Galliano is now clear for all to see.

    The claim that they are anti-Israel but not anti-semitic looks pretty threadbare now. It’s covert anti-semitism is now overt.

  2. We know the disinhibiting effects of alcohol, including the malfunction of the censor between thinking a gross thing and blurting it out.

    He has this in common with Mel Gibson and probably very many others. Ply ’em with booze and out it comes.

    So rabid antisemitism is a cultural thing now – have the loony left really incorporated it into their multiculti touchy-feely “ethos”?

    No doubt David Cameron decries it….

  3. That gallianus must be a dues paying member of “queers for palestine’.

    I wonder what he thinks of the LGBT Center in the Islamofascist Regime of iran?

  4. I would expect and this is in all seriousness the Guardian any time soon to come out in favour of Adolf Hitler – moderniser yes, Jew-hater nein, ueberhaupt nict, kommt gar nicht in Frage!

    What a bunch of tossers inhabit the Guardian moral cesspit.

  5. There’s a world-wide epidemic:

    ‘Israel’s ambassador in Serbia has warned of growing anti-Semitism after a popular singer publicly blasted Jews in a reality show.

    Singer Maja Nikolic was expelled last week from the Dvor (Court) reality show on Serbia’s Pink television after she said she “disliked Jews.” ‘

    http://tinyurl.com/6gsezv3

    About Maja Nikolić

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maja_Nikoli%C4%87

    —————

    Do you remember when Andrew O’Hagan, the eminent Scottish writer and novelist, (inter alia, also a director of the virulently anti-Zionist London Review of Books) defended Mel Gibson against the charge of anti-Semitism?

    Mel Gibson deserves pity, not pillory
    By Andrew O’Hagan

    ‘If we peel back the layers of the Gibson fiasco, we see something much darker and more troubling, not about him – he’s just a fool – but about the society which needs to produce a scapegoat in him.

    Dangerously worded as it was, Gibson’s drunken comment was, it could reasonably be argued, a statement against the arrogance of the Israeli military: “They started all the wars in the world.” Isn’t it that which is making America call for his head?

    Of course it isn’t even remotely true that Jews are behind most wars, but it is true that they are behind most movies, and pundits are saying that Gibson may never work again in Hollywood. But their response is overbearing and slightly hysterical: if black or Hispanic or Asian people sought action every time a ludicrous remark was made against them by a drunkard, the world would fall to pieces.’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3626825/Mel-Gibson-deserves-pity-not-pillory.html

    About Andrew O’Hagan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_O'Hagan

    Incidentally, he has had a child with with India Knight (possibly also lives with her) who wrote this infamously squalid little piece:

    Muslims are the new Jews

    ‘My former husband and I once went to look at a house we were thinking of buying in a Jewish Orthodox bit of London. As it happened we were the only non-Orthodox people on that bit of pavement that morning. I noticed a group of Hassidim were walking around us in a peculiar way. “They’re avoiding our shadows,” the estate agent said, “because we’re unclean.” I didn’t think much of that, either. ‘

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/india_knight/article600860.ece

    Andrew O’Hagan and India Knight, two more reasons why I wouldn’t risk a nosebleed for Britain.

  6. There’s a world-wide epidemic:

    ‘Israel’s ambassador in Serbia has warned of growing anti-Semitism after a popular singer publicly blasted Jews in a reality show.

    Singer Maja Nikolic was expelled last week from the Dvor (Court) reality show on Serbia’s Pink television after she said she “disliked Jews.” ‘

    http://tinyurl.com/6gsezv3

    About Maja Nikolić

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maja_Nikoli%C4%87

    —————

    Do you remember when Andrew O’Hagan, the eminent Scottish writer and novelist, (inter alia, also a director of the virulently anti-Zionist London Review of Books) defended Mel Gibson against the charge of anti-Semitism?

    Mel Gibson deserves pity, not pillory

    ‘If we peel back the layers of the Gibson fiasco, we see something much darker and more troubling, not about him – he’s just a fool – but about the society which needs to produce a scapegoat in him.

    Dangerously worded as it was, Gibson’s drunken comment was, it could reasonably be argued, a statement against the arrogance of the Israeli military: “They started all the wars in the world.” Isn’t it that which is making America call for his head?

    Of course it isn’t even remotely true that Jews are behind most wars, but it is true that they are behind most movies, and pundits are saying that Gibson may never work again in Hollywood. But their response is overbearing and slightly hysterical: if black or Hispanic or Asian people sought action every time a ludicrous remark was made against them by a drunkard, the world would fall to pieces.’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3626825/Mel-Gibson-deserves-pity-not-pillory.html

    About Andrew O’Hagan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_O'Hagan

    Incidentally, he has had a child with with India Knight (possibly also lives with her) who wrote this infamously squalid little piece:

    Muslims are the new Jews

    ‘My former husband and I once went to look at a house we were thinking of buying in a Jewish Orthodox bit of London. As it happened we were the only non-Orthodox people on that bit of pavement that morning. I noticed a group of Hassidim were walking around us in a peculiar way. “They’re avoiding our shadows,” the estate agent said, “because we’re unclean.” I didn’t think much of that, either. ‘

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/india_knight/article600860.ece

  7. There’s a world-wide epidemic:

    ‘Israel’s ambassador in Serbia has warned of growing anti-Semitism after a popular singer publicly blasted Jews in a reality show.

    Singer Maja Nikolic was expelled last week from the Dvor (Court) reality show on Serbia’s Pink television after she said she “disliked Jews.” ‘

    http://tinyurl.com/6gsezv3

    About Maja Nikolić

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Maja_Nikolić

    —————

    Do you remember when Andrew O’Hagan, the eminent Scottish writer and novelist, (inter alia, also a director of the virulently anti-Zionist London Review of Books) defended Mel Gibson against the charge of anti-Semitism?

    Mel Gibson deserves pity, not pillory

    ‘If we peel back the layers of the Gibson fiasco, we see something much darker and more troubling, not about him – he’s just a fool – but about the society which needs to produce a scapegoat in him.

    Dangerously worded as it was, Gibson’s drunken comment was, it could reasonably be argued, a statement against the arrogance of the Israeli military: “They started all the wars in the world.” Isn’t it that which is making America call for his head?

    Of course it isn’t even remotely true that Jews are behind most wars, but it is true that they are behind most movies, and pundits are saying that Gibson may never work again in Hollywood. But their response is overbearing and slightly hysterical: if black or Hispanic or Asian people sought action every time a ludicrous remark was made against them by a drunkard, the world would fall to pieces.’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3626825/Mel-Gibson-deserves-pity-not-pillory.html

    About Andrew O’Hagan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_O'Hagan

    Incidentally, he has had a child with with India Knight (possibly also lives with her) who wrote this infamously squalid little piece:

    Muslims are the new Jews

    ‘My former husband and I once went to look at a house we were thinking of buying in a Jewish Orthodox bit of London. As it happened we were the only non-Orthodox people on that bit of pavement that morning. I noticed a group of Hassidim were walking around us in a peculiar way. “They’re avoiding our shadows,” the estate agent said, “because we’re unclean.” I didn’t think much of that, either. ‘

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/india_knight/article600860.ece

  8. Hoi Polloi:
    “I noticed a group of Hassidim were walking around us in a peculiar way. “They’re avoiding our shadows,” the estate agent said, “because we’re unclean.” ”
    If you were to relate this story to secular Israelis, 99% would understand exactly what she is talking about and would not be surprised because this type of attitude by the ultra-Orthodox is very familiar to them.

    However, I agree that the piece was “infamously squalid” – her gloating bigotry is blatant.

  9. “If you were to relate this story to secular Israelis, 99% would understand exactly what she is talking about and would not be surprised because this type of attitude by the ultra-Orthodox is very familiar to them.”

    This is a blatant lie. Here’s Melanie Phillips on this:

    “Well how frightfully tolerant – not. Ultra-orthodox Jews don’t walk ‘in a peculiar way’ round people’s shadows, nor do they think ‘they’ (who? Estate agents? Journalists?) are ‘unclean’. In order to make a false equivalence between Jews and Muslims (hey, they’re all equally weird, so criticism of the veil must be discrimination; the fact that the Hassidim don’t want to impose their beliefs or values on anybody else doesn’t occur to her as a rather significant difference) she misrepresents orthodox Jews as bigots while managing to disavow that, too, in order to make herself appear wholly unprejudiced, and so that she can conclude that…Muslims are the new Jews.”

    http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/?p=1360

    About India Knight, Stephen Pollard more or less hits the nail on the head (If anything, he is too generous in his assessment):

    “The more I think about India Knight’s piece, the more I come to the conclusion that, even if she doesn’t hate Jews, she has developed a remarkably good impression of someone who does.”

    http://www.stephenpollard.net/002983.html

    ———–

    MindTheCrap, your latest post proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a vicious anti-Semite. You were certainly born out of your time. Seventy years ago you would have made perfect material for a Death’s Head Unit. Given the apple rarely falls far from the tree, I shudder to think of the kind of b*st*rds who raised you.

  10. The apologias start to roll in….

    Hillary Alexander on Galliano:

    “But one thing is certain: he needs help. I am not for a moment excusing his behaviour. There will come a time when he must confront the viper in his breast. But, right now, this is a moment in his life when he needs support and love from the industry he has given his life to.”

    http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG8353397/John-Galliano-fallen-idol.html

    I doubt whether Alexander would be so ready to give him a big hug if she had had relatives who were gassed.

  11. Hoi Polloi –
    At least try to read what I write; I clearly said that it was blatantly bigoted. However to an Israeli public that reads stories daily about separate sidewalks for men and women, segregation of Mizrahi and Ethiopian children and various other expressions of loathing for the “other”, this story has an air of plausibility. Neither of us know if it is true, but I estimate that 99% of secular Israelis would say it is possible. And even if it is true, there is a proper way to write about it – as just another story about a harmless fringe group of loonies, one of many in London, and not as a vile bigoted rant that is a justification for one’s racism.

  12. To paraphrase, Galliano must hate Jews more than he loves himself. Hitler would have sent him to the same chambers…..and talk about ugly(he seems to also like to tell people they are ugly), he could win an award. Mean, stupid and hateful.

  13. Can we keep a level head here ?
    I have not read any approval in the Guardian of Galliano’s behaviour. Have you ?
    This person is a fashion editor, so is clearly impressed by Galliano’s talent, where we can be totally indifferent. I certainly am.
    A corollary might be the excuses that people were trying to find for Polanski and his proclivity for raping minors. “He has talent”.
    Watch the video: the man is drunken, off his head on drugs. Are we saying that a stoned state reveals our innermost opinions ? I would seriously doubt the wisdmom of that idea.
    Let’s get any number of public figures stoned and then film their ramblings: would anyone be left with a job ?
    That said, Dior had to sack him, no argument there.

  14. The best comment I have read so far on the Galliano imbroglio – in today’s Times’ culture section where it is reported that one fashion website said that Galliano had been suspended for ‘anti-semantic’ comments.

    Yes!!!! The fashion world has finally woken up and taken note that its excessive use of transgression has rendered its content void of all meaning. Impressive that the so-easily impressed airheads inhabiting the fashion bubble should have succumbed to this shocking insight, and so rapidly!!

    (Please excuse the exclamation marks – fashion inspires always the rush of air to the ‘ead.)

  15. diss

    I have not read any approval in the Guardian of Galliano’s behaviour. Have you ?

    No, I haven’t read any approval only a lot of attempts to “understand” him.

    As Jorge Semprun the great Spanish/French writer said: “We don’t need to understand them but kill them. Naturally he didn’t speak about pimps called “artists” with pumped-up ego but about the members of the SS.

    Do you see any difference between them and Galliano who openly declared that he agrees with their actions?

    This person is a fashion editor, so is clearly impressed by Galliano’s talent,

    I see so you would accept an apology for Hitler by an art critic who would try to explain his talent in painting ignoring his other actions.

    Let’s get any number of public figures stoned and then film their ramblings: would anyone be left with a job ?

    Not really. If a public figure gets stoned and/or drunk in public speaking incoherent BS the public would laugh at him. Stoned/drunken people lose their inhibitions and tend to spill out their real feelings. If it is an undying love for Monalisa then he can be excused, if his/her secret wish to gassing millions of people – then it should be a totally differen matter. Naturally not on the Guardian in case of the involved victims are Jews.