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March 1st, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Dior moves to fire Galliano after Hitler comments

Paris (CNN) - Christian Dior has started proceedings to fire designer John Galliano after he was filmed making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris restaurant, the fashion giant said Tuesday.

The company condemned his "deeply offensive statements and conduct" in a statement announcing the plan to fire him.

The statement came hours after Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman condemned Galliano's praise of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

"I love Hitler," Galliano said in a video obtained by Britain's Sun newspaper. "Your mother, your forefathers would be f-ing gassed and f-ing dead."

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  1. Justina

    Anti-Semitic comments get one fired, but not anti-God comments. Both should get punished. South Park need to go.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  2. HotAirAce

    Canada has freedom of speech laws, but just as it is frowned upon to yell "Fire!" when no actual fire exists, one is not allowed to say things thay may cause hate and encourge harm of others. So one cannot publicaly deny the Holocaust and suggest that all Jews should be killed. That is called "hate speech" and is against the law. Seems to me this is a reasonable balance to the potential unreasonable use of freedom of speech.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HotAirAce
      Canadian freedom of speech laws are far more restrictive than our American cousins'.
      According to our Human Rights Act, it is discriminatory to communicate by phone or Internet any material "that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt" – which is a definition wide open to abuse.
      But in my opinion, the greatest problem is that truth is not a valid defense! For example, if I publish an article stating that the German population was complicit in the holocaust, I can be censored and censured even though it is accurate.
      Indeed, a lead investigator in the Canadian Human Rights Committee was asked what value he placed on freedom of speech, to which he replied "Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don't give it any value."
      Heck – Canadian still has sedition laws! Publish anything that could rile up people to actively question the government and off to jail you go!
      The moral of the story is that as much as I am proud of many things Canadian, we do have to watch what we say....

      March 2, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  3. T-party

    Freedom of speech??

    March 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • John McDougall

      Freedom of stupidity

      March 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Justina

      Freedom has become a shameful thing in the West where everyone is bored.

      March 2, 2011 at 1:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Only the boring are bored.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  4. Doug

    Disregard the aforementioned atheist/theist reasoning. The heart of the problem is the individual and collective fallen nature of humans; not what particular worldview they ascribe too. Either worldview represents, in rank and file, fallen humans.

    Morally corrupt people kill.
    Hitler was a morally corrupt person.
    Hitler killed people.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Righteous teachings of Jesus that stay in a person's mind, beliefs, actions versus unrighteous lies of satan that stay in the person's mind, beliefs, actions.

      Lions and tigers and bears, oh my?

      March 2, 2011 at 2:19 am |
  5. Doc Vestibule

    In the interest of reducing the number of comments, allow me to summarize the inevitable direction of the discussion.
    Atheist: Hitler was a Catholic. Religion kills people
    Theist: Hitler was an atheist. Atheism kills people.
    Repeat ad nauseum.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • atomD21

      What about religious atheists? Sweet God, I sense a black hole-creating paradox...

      March 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Justina

      Hitler was defeated by Christian USA.

      March 2, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Doc Vestibule, someone should arrest you for your hate speeches against Jesus.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HeavenSent
      I've never made any derogatory statements concerning Christ's message of love, peace and forgiveness. However, I have no respect for those who condemn this and that from a fiery pulpit becuase of their dogmatic programming.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  6. Futon Torpedo

    "Ich bien ein Berliner!" Really? I like red jelly donuts!

    March 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Luke

      Close. That translates to "I am a Berliner." There's nothing wrong with that statement other than the locals have a type of jelly donut called a Berliner. Hence, the translation can be twisted as a joke.

      March 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • James MacWhorter

      No, that's all an urban legend. Totally untrue.

      March 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fulton, that's what John F. Kennedy said when he started his speech in Berlin.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  7. Nonimus

    I don't understand some countries' laws about anti-semitic speech; it seems anti-free speech to me.
    However, I whole heartedly support Dior firing this Nazi loving imbecile.

    And, who can possible disagree with the lovely Natalie Portman.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Luke

      Because most European countries dealt directly with the Nazi regime.

      March 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • john

      Someone in Germany was arrested for calling an Arab woman "terrorist". Hundreds of Europeans have faced prosecution- Geert Wilders to Brigette Bardot to name a few- for minor slights against Islam. It has little to do with Jews. If you went up to a black couple in a restuarant and called them monkeys you couple be prosecuted, if you called a Muslim a terrorist you could be prosecuted, etc, etc.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Justina

      Because the Jews are still the only race facing the threat of annihilation. Mankind is evil and irresponsible.

      March 2, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • Sheridan

      Justina.
      "Because the Jews are still the only race facing the threat of annihilation. Mankind is evil and irresponsible."
      Ask one question. Why? Mankind is evil and irresponsible, yes. It's in our genes. But mankind also need a reason to hate someone this much. If only just one country or few people would hate them, you would be right. But as no one really likes them throughout the world, ask why? What is the reason? They're not that faultless as they love to advertise themselves.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Nonimus

      @john,
      Not sure if you meant it this way, but you make a good point about it not being only anti-semitic but anti-hate speech or anti-defamation and applied to all, or at least all minorities. While I still think the answer to hate speech is more speech – not less, if it is applied equally then I guess it's not quite as bad.

      @justina,
      Not sure where you're getting that. There are a few million Jews in the US that aren't under threat of annihilation. I would guess they are still threatened by some neo-Nazi imbeciles, but not annihilation.

      @Sheridan,
      "But as no one really likes them throughout the world"
      Really? I've known some really great people in my life that happen to be Jewish. You sure *no one* really likes them? Not that I knew any of these but, let's start with:
      Albert Einstien, Carl Sagan, Jonas Salk, Niels Bohr, Richard Feynman, Oppenheimer, Spinoza, Popper, Wittgenstein, Mandelbrot, von Neumann

      March 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
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