Fashion's Galliano found guilty of making anti-Semitic comments
Famously flamboyant fashion designer John Galliano earlier this year.
September 8th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Fashion's Galliano found guilty of making anti-Semitic comments

(CNN) - Flamboyant fashion designer John Galliano was found guilty Thursday on charges of making anti-Semitic comments against at least three people in a Paris cafe.

The French court gave him a suspended fine of 6,000 euros ($8,415) but he was not sentenced to jail time. The plaintiffs were awarded one symbolic euro each. Aurelien Hamelle, Galliano's lawyer, told CNN he was not surprised by the verdict.

He said the designer was happy it was all over and wants to put the whole episode behind him. Galliano was not present at the trial because he didn't want to face the media, his lawyer added.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Carla

    The French should imprison those who make anti-Christian comments.

    September 10, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • kimsland

      I hate religion, I just HATE it.
      They disgust me, and make me laugh at them SO much.
      They're funny

      September 10, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • Carla

      Westerners without religion = perverts. All of them.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:36 am |
  2. Kyle

    Man. Poor Zoolander got the shaft.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  3. I Mean What

    I, for one, am glad this is over. You can see my comments and sentiments below, but what impresses me here is how French court really does not tolerate this kind of behavior. http://bit.ly/pP0pKj

    September 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  4. The NetProphet

    I can find no where in the bible Where Jesus called his disciples to hate any one, He taught to forgive your those who hate you and to bless them that attack you. the exact words are in Matthew 5:44 " But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you." I am so sorry that the name of Jesus has been used by some Christians to further there own selfish desires. We who are followers of the teachings in the bible spend so much time not doing what the Lord clearly teaches. To the world I say stop hating each other and do good help those in need, feed people who are hungry, do good to all you meet, Jesus never spoke out against any one except to the religious people at that time and it is not any different now ! From Gods perspective we all are guilty of crimes against GOD and man. I pray that all people stop and think does hate, greed,selfishness solve any thing?
    And to the Christians ? can you really say that you are walking in the truth, when you lie cheat and steal or act like the world around you? we are called to be a light but yet we are no different that the rest of the world, is it any wonder the world see you as hypocrites Does not the Jesus warn about the "yeast of the Pharisees" in Luke 12:1 Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy!

    September 9, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  5. bcrogan

    its amazing that europe scrams about a gay guy saying drunk not really anti semetic stuff. He never said anything directly at jewishness. Yet, all the European nations do nothing to convict radical muslim clerics protesting and rioting in the streets over whatever minuscule thing upsets them. Muslims literally get installed Sharia in European courts and yet European liberals do nothing but they can go after a drunk fashion designer. Such nonsense.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  6. HeavenSent

    I'd like to have his schweddy balls across nose.

    September 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Kyle

      How christian-like of you.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Friend

      The above HeavenSent is a fake.

      September 10, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  7. Carla

    Jews, read the Bible. You are only safe and sound when you listen to God. Men cannot harm you in ultimate sense no matter what they con-spire against you, as the Psalms say. It's your unbelief in your Messiah Jesus that is the real problem for you until the end of the world. Trust God in His way. Accept your Messiah who suffered for YOU.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Car-ruh

      Chinese Proverb says: Quarreling is like cutting water with a sword

      Seek and share wisdom, do not hack at the water, my child.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • claybigsby

      Jesus was a Jew you idiot

      September 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Yes indeed

      Quite so, Clay. He even insisted that the Old Testament laws be obeyed. It was Paul who reinvented Jesus' followers to allow non-Jews. Paul changed a lot of other things, too. Thomas Jefferson called him the "first corrupter of Christianity."

      September 9, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • Carla

      @Yes-indeed: You are wrong. Jesus said that He finished the Jewish Bible though we are to still keep the moral laws of Moses and that He came to save all mankind(the Jews are included), and He told His disciples to make all nations His disciples. Peter and Paul simply obeyed Jesus. American Fathers' occasional trash comments are American problems. American illiteracy on the Bible is America's most serious problem.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • fred

      Yes indeed
      Sorry, it was Jesus that came for all and it was Jesus that specifically said He was the stumbling block to the Jews.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • Truth

      Jesus said that He is the Corner Stone that builders(Jews) have rejected. Among all others, He fulfilled most of the Psalms in the Jewish Bible.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • Real Deal

      "Jesus said that He is the Corner Stone that builders(Jews) have rejected.

      - Did he say that?... or did a group of 1st century evangelists promoting their new religious cult, *say* that he said it?

      "Among all others, He fulfilled most of the Psalms in the Jewish Bible.

      - Jesus (if he existed) and all of the writers of the gospels read (or knew about) those predictions. It's real easy to write up stories proclaiming their fulfillment.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • Carla

      @Real Deal: The world history proved Jesus is indeed the Corner Stone, the One and Only. Read the Book of Daniel. The timing of Jesus' birth is humanly speaking impossible to fulfill. The Jewish Bible is full of the prophesies of the coming Messiah and we have this historic Figure called Jesus of Nazareth who affects the entire world ever since His birth. Muslims and Hindus respect Jesus, that means 80-90% Earthlings adhere Him except the Jews and Western atheists.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • Real Deal


      You must know that the dating of writing of the Book of Daniel is highly disputed, and even if you take the earlier date, the predictions are unclear... and besides that, the NT writers would have known the time was ripe to fulfill Daniel and took advantage of it.

      I'll bet that more than 80-90% of the world knows about and likes Coca-Cola - promotion works wonders.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • Carla

      @Real Deal: Way before the time of Jesus, the Jewish canon was complete. I hope you know what you are talking about. Besides numerous shadowing, Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophesies written ALL OVER the Jewish Bible, not just a single book or two. It's a sheer miracle and providence of God.
      The world says no thanks to Coca-Cola because it made Americans obese. And you should stop drinking but start reading.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Real Deal


      Ah, and we come full-circle to my original statement: "– Jesus (if he existed) and all of the writers of the gospels read (or knew about) those predictions. It's real easy to write up stories proclaiming their fulfillment."

      You are quite obtuse.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Kyle

      Carla, you are tragically misinformed.

      Jesus stated that every letter of the law will be followed. The law includes the old testament. He chastised people for not following JEWISH law. You REALLY need to do some research. And people wonder why christians are so despised. You don't even know what it is you're supposed to do, yet you preach this horrid drivel constantly, yammering on about something you know nothing about.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Kyle

      Oh, and Carla... jesus promised his followers (while he was alive, to his living followers) that he would return before some of them died.

      He lied.

      He never returned.

      He will never return.

      You believe in something that does not exist, and never will happen.

      You talk of prophesies that jesus allegedly fulfilled. I find humor in this. Soeone could write a book with predictions. I can then take that book, and write a book about someone that made these predictions come true. Does that mean either book is suddenly true? Absolutely not. That's exactly what the bible is. It's an unfinished book (the bible itself reference books that were not included within the bible) that was terribly written by people high on drugs. It's full of contradictions, hate, murder and all kinds of horrible things.

      Furthermore, the new testament was written by people who believed in Greek mythology which can easily be seen by the description of satan, as well as hell itself, which is in fact a Greek mythology creation.

      Carla, you have lots to learn, child.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Carla

      @Kyle: You are confused. Jesus fulfilled all the ritual Laws but we are to keep the moral Laws of Moses. His main three disciples did see His future glory and one of them saw the Kingdom itself exactly as Jesus said so. No, Peter said Jesus' coming could be a couple of thousands years later. Read the Bible, the Epistles of Peter 1 & 2. Atheists and non-believers' knowledge on the Bible is ALWAYS wrong.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  8. Carla

    Jews, monitor blasphemy instead of anti-Semitic remarks. You are invincible anyway, but live for the honor of God instead of your own safety. Nowadays, too many Earthlings are speaking against Americans not Jews. This human world is really screwed.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • Car-ruh

      Chinese Proverb says: A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

      Only screwdriver may call something, "screwed" my child.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Carla

      Doesn't "screwed" mean something went wrong twisted? Does it have a hidden meaning? My dictionary doesn't mention anything.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • Car-ruh

      Chinese Proverb says: Donkey's lips do not fit onto a horse's mouth.

      You must be a westerner to properly use western words. Speak from your heart, not anger, my child.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • DamianKnight


      "Screw" can mean a number of things.

      As a noun, it is a spirally grooved solid cylinder. Second definition is the act of twisting said "screw" into another object (i.e. to screw it into the board) thus fastening it.

      Colloquially, it can mean either messed up (i.e. "This table is all screwed up!")

      Lastly, and the most common usage, it means to fornicate.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • @DamianKnight

      Damian, thank you!! I never knew about the last meaning. This is original CrystalRiver and original Carla. My names keep being hijacked. @Car-ruh, My English is ESL but I keep learning and I love the Jews.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  9. Anton LaVey

    Interesting the "state" made $8k off it and gave each person 1. LOL So the "State" is riding the backs of the jews to make money.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  10. Reality

    Obviously, the topic designer has never taken a course in evolution. If he had, he would have learned the following:

    As per National Geographic's Genographic project:

    " DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who about 60,000 years ago began a remarkable journey. Follow the journey from them to you as written in your genes”.

    "Adam" is the common male ancestor of every living man. He lived in Africa some 60,000 years ago, which means that all humans lived in Africa at least at that time.

    Unlike his Biblical namesake, this Adam was not the only man alive in his era. Rather, he is unique because his descendents are the only ones to survive. "

    September 8, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  11. A Theist

    Hahaha as if some fashion model could EVER make waves with anti-semitic remarks! The next thing you'll tell me is that some Austrian artist would–wait, that did happen...

    September 8, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • A Theist

      *designer, not model.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  12. Colin

    Thank God for free speech on this side of the pond. Half of the people who blog here on CNN would be in jail, given the idiotic standard they are employing in this case.

    I'd probably end up in a cell with HeavenSent and Herbert Juarez!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Peace2All


      LOL...!!! No, you'd be with Adelina/fairgarden ! Actually, I think it would be your "Top 10 lists" that might not go over so well.

      Even though, we love 'em here on the belief blog ! 😀

      Peace brother...

      September 8, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Colin

      Hey dude, that's right. Do you think fairgarden would joinn the Bloods or the Crypts? lol

      September 8, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Peace2All


      LOL... I don't know, but I think we should ask her next time. See what 'colors' she's flyin'...! LOL...! 😀


      September 8, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Colin, you would be lucky to meet me but, being put in a cell is not what I strive for. Therefore, we shall never meet if that's where you are headed.

      I'll bake you a cake.


      September 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • claybigsby

      heavensent: "Colin, you would be lucky to meet me "

      Wow....self centered much?

      September 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  13. Carla

    One thing nice about the West is they crack down anti-Semitism. They should do that to blasphemies as well. The humanist West worships humans but not God and gets justice by the God of Israel.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • A Theist

      Aren't blasphemies God's domain and not man's? If anything we should leave it for God to decide, not us. As for the anti-Semitism, history has taught us that such remarks can lead to some very unpleasant events.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Carla

      @Theist, when calamity hits, it hits the society collectively. Christians must work against society's evil practices. Germany lost 7 million men by leaving alone their blasphemy. Refusal to fight against evil is a form of evil.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Car-ruh

      Chinese Proverb says: Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.

      You are removing fly with chainsaw, my child.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Carla

      A Jewish proverb says: Speak to the fools in their own fashion so they'll know how stupid they are. I'm doing the utmost favor to American atheists.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Car-ruh

      Chinese Proverb says: He who treads softly goes far.

      You will not go far with such heavy stomping, my child.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • @Car-ruh

      Proverb 26:5 says, "Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes."
      Also read Ephesians 4, "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

      September 9, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • @Car-ruh

      I mean, the Chinese proverbs are all fine, but China never changed the world for good being simple-minded just like the rest of the non-West by having no Bible for the longest time. With 0.1 billion Christians today, the climate is changing.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  14. kimsland

    This the second (or 3rd) time that he has made anti-Semitic comments

    And now this millionaire just gets a small fine that he doesn't even need to pay?
    Quite obviously money talks

    September 8, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  15. Byrd

    The idiot even looks like Hitler in profile. Stupid mustache and everything. He belongs in a cage.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  16. McJesus

    From that pic, Galliano looks like a guy that smells like a combination of alcohol, bad cologne, puke, and 'santorum'.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  17. William Demuth

    Shame they haven't heard of freedom of speech.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • DamianKnight

      France has a lot of different laws. Many stars (such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp) spend a good deal of time there because the laws regarding paparazzi are so strict. Also, isn't France the one that banned Muslims from wearing the burqa?

      September 8, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Peace2All


      You are correct...RE: France-burqa.


      September 8, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      France's speech laws prohibit a few things.
      You can't say anything that is likely to incite hatred based on race, religion or se.xual orientation – nor can you make any statements that may incite people to take drugs.
      Holocaust denial is also a crime.
      American laws are the most liberal in the world when it comes to freedom of speech.
      Yours is the only country that decided anti-hate speech laws violate the principles of freedom of expression.
      However- Noam Chomsky, Ice-T and Jello Biafra might beg to differ....

      September 8, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Doc V.

      Good morning Doc !

      I love your combo... Chomsky, Ice-T, and Biafra. 😀



      September 8, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Laughing


      You are right the anti-hate speech laws violate the principles of freedom of expression, however we still do enforce our own hate crime laws, which I'm happy to say are doing a solid job. You might be able to go into public with a microphone and start yelling racial epithets, but right as you committ a crime, any crime, hate crime laws come into effect that will make the punishment much more severe.

      September 8, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Laughing, by convincing yourself of that does not make it true.


      September 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • claybigsby

      "Laughing, by convincing yourself of that does not make it true."

      Awesome, now use this logic and apply it to your religion.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Laughing


      Convincing myself of what exactly? Sure Americans protect their freedom of speech moreso than just about everyone else on the planet. Are you talking about enforcing Hate Crime laws? well we could be doing a better job, but we have to be certain it falls into the category of a hate crime, which can be difficult to identify.

      Claybigsby also has a solid point, if you want to keep believing in god, thats fine, but just because you stamp your feet, insist he's real and hold up a 2,000 year old book as proof does not in anyway verify some of your absurd beliefs.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Anton LaVey


      ....... by convincing yourself of that does not make it true.

      HeavenSent for once in your life put aside your ego and look in the mirror and repeat.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
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