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Fashion designer fined for anti-semitic remarks

Posted by on September 17, 2011 in In The News - Comments Off on Fashion designer fined for anti-semitic remarks

 

Former Christian Dior designer, John Galliano, arrives in court.

September 17, 2011

A former Christian Dior designer, and still one of the most prominent people in the French fashion industry, John Galliano, was convicted in Paris this week for making anti-semitic comments.  In France, publicly insulting someone else’s religion, race, or ethnicity is against the law, and punishable by up to six months in prison.  Galliano was not sentenced to prison, but he must pay a $19,000 fine.  He was fired from Dior in March after a video of him expressing his support for Adolf Hitler became public.  His lawyer blamed his behavior on alcohol and drug abuse.  Interestingly, in the United States, such statements would not result in any punishment, as people’s right to make hostile and bigoted remarks is protected by the First Amendment.

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