French fashion powerhouse, Christian Dior has fired its artistic designer, 50-year-old John Galliano, for making racist remarks - targeting Jews. Firing Galliano sends a strong message that those who racially vilify a vulnerable group of people will be held accountable.
John Galliano was initially suspended from his role at Christian Dior on 25 February after he was arrested on allegations of making anti-semitic remarks in a cafe in Paris, France.
After his arrest, a video surfaced on the internet showing the designer in another occasion saying, "I love Hitler" to two women in a cafe and spurting anti-semitic slurs. In this video that led to his dismissal, Galliano was smoking a cigarette and appeared intoxicated.
Racist insults are offensive, unacceptable and should be unequivocally condemned in strong terms. It is in this vein that together with people of good conscience around the world, I welcome the firing of John Galliano. Businesses and employers should distance themselves from employees with prejudice against people because of their race, ethnicity, skin color, you name it.
Galliano was reportedly Christian Dior's artistic designer for 14 years.
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