Natalie Portman Condemns Galliano Despite Dior Contract

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On Monday evening, Natalie Portman released a statement on the video of Dior designer John Galliano declaring, "I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed." (Last week Galliano was arrested for an alleged racist, anti-Semitic assault.) She told The New York Times:

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


Portman had reportedly planned to wear a Galliano creation to the Oscars, but she swapped it for a Rodarte gown after hearing about his arrest. Portman has an endorsement deal for the fragrance Miss Dior Cherie. Dior suspended Galliano on Friday, and it's unclear how this will affect her contract with the company.

Natalie Portman Condemns Galliano [NYT]

Earlier: John Galliano Arrested For Alleged Anti-Semitic Attack
Watch Dior Designer John Gallinao Say "I Love Hitler"


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As someone from a PR background, I’m extremely torn on this issue. On the one hand: Galliano did a horrible thing and, as a celebrity, a Jew, and someone in a position to have people listen to her, Portman has done a good thing by speaking out against anti-Semitism and it would be particularly powerful if she backed up those words by stepping out of her contract.

On the other hand, I have been in the position where I’ve had to defend an institution against the actions of a single person within it. One person is not an entire company and they do not speak with the voice of the scores, hundreds, or thousands of people who pour their passion and hard work into that brand to make it great. With that in mind, I hope that she limits her statements to being against Galliano and not the Dior company at large.