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Natalie Portman Takes a Stand On Dior Designer’s Racist Remarks

Natalie Portman Takes a Stand On Dior Designer’s Racist Remarks

For a fashion house, the impact cannot be understated.

Natalie Portman is the face of Miss Dior Cherie Perfume and was widely expected to wear a gown from the couture design house to the Oscars on Sunday night, where she was favored to win the Oscar for Best Actress.

But when Portman took the stage to accept her award, the flowing wine-coloured maternity gown she wore was not by Dior. Rather, she ascended the steps in a gown by a different designer – Rodarte, who was behind the designs for Portman’s Oscar-winning movie Black Swan. 

The loss of PR for Dior by not dressing the Oscar winner is incalculable. The reason for Portman’s last minute switch is believed to be simple: John Galliano.

Galliano, head designer for Dior, has been under investigation for making anti-semitic remarks several times recently, including as late as last Thursday when he hurled both anti-semitic and anti-asian insults at a couple in a Paris cafe. Yesterday, incontrovertible evidence arose in the form of a video showing Galliano on a foul, anti-semitic rant. Portman’s response was swift, saying in a statement:

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.

The House of Dior had no choice. They had already lost incalculable PR at the Oscars and could not afford to lose any more. Despite it being the first day of Paris Fashion week, and despite the fact that a show of Galliano’s own fashions is scheduled to go ahead on Sunday, Galliano has been dismissed from the House of Dior as of today.

 

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7:25AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Who cares about Natalie Portman...she gave $2,300 to Obama's 2008 campaign

7:22AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Who cares aboutNatalie Portman....she gave $2,300 to Obama's 2008 campaign

2:09PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

I thank Miss Portman for standing up this way. Shows real strength behind a real woman.

3:33PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Stephen Greg No more aggressive territorial expansions.
Peace for Palestinian and Israeli People.

11:07AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Marlena Bilinsk B.

Made the last comment it a rush, I'll fix it up now.

It's irrelevant because it is no longer an issue of Zionism; the Zionist dream to make a home for the Jews has been realized and as such there is no more need for Zionism. Now what is relevant in Israel is creating mutual cooperation and learning to coexist. Both sides have much to learn and much to do if they are to live together in peace and tolerance.

Peace for the Palestinian and Israeli People.

11:01AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Marlena Bilinsk B.

It's irrelevant because it is no longer and issue of Zionism; the Zionist dream to make a home for the Jews is accomplished. Now what it is relevant is creating mutual cooperation and understanding and learning to coexist. Both sides have much to learn and much to do if they are to live together in peace and tolerance.

Peace for the Palestinian and Israeli People.

9:44AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Stephen Greg It may be irrelevant to you but I don't think that the International community would agree when human rights are being systematically abused and deteriorating, home demolition policy implemented which only creates hardship and bitterness.
It is as relevant as it always has been.
Peace For Palestinian People.

9:35AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Jewels S.. Peace and Light.

5:03PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Marlena Bilinsk B. I would recommend taking a step back, taking a deep breath and looking at this with a broader view. The negativity you are throwing at this forum will do nothing to help your cause. It is the laws of nature. You can not solve problems with the same energy that created it. Peace and light always.

2:29PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Marlena Bilinsk B.

Zionism simply calls for Jews to have a home of there own, namely in Israel. It's understandable that they should want there own nation, since they have faces a long history of oppression elsewhere. Zionism is irrelevant now, because Israel exist, and it is around to stay.

Imperialistic? You've got to be kidding me. America is an Empire. Israel is tiny state struggling to hold on to it's territory.

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