Patricia Field Defends John Galliano!

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Here's the 'Sex and the City' stylist's official statement:

"IN PRAISE OF JOHN GALLIANO

Beauty, intelligence and energy would describe John as I know him.
Where in this trilogy could one find hate?
I ask you!
My second question is: What exactly did he say?
And the third is.
What is really going on here??"


My response:

Well, what did he say? Very ugly stuff, using the horror of the holocaust to try to cut down Jewish people who were smart enough to video him doing so.

John has a big problem, Pat. He's full of genius, but obviously has a very dark side that gets him stewed and fuming bigotry in public on repeated occasions.

What's going on here? He got fired because no sane business would tolerate that kind of crap, no matter how brilliant you are.

A leader has to act responsibly. Fashion sense just isn't enough!


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Joni Robbins
Joni Robbins

Patricia Field is an idiot. Don't compare Mel Brooks to John Galliano. First of all Mel Brooks is Jewish and Mr. Galliano isn't. Jews always joke about themselves. Don't you understand that? Also most of your colleagues in fashion are Jewish. I am sure they do not appreciate your ignorant comments.

Sneller8190
Sneller8190

God bless you Pat, I've met you on several ocassions and you seem to have the right idea......at least one JAP has her head on straight!

Sneller8190
Sneller8190

One thing you really have to keep in mind is he wasn't sober! Some people get angry drunk and some people get happy drunk....it's a small clip of a large conversation who knows what was edited or left out. I've caught myself saying racist slurs and over the top stuff and I don't even drink all the more reason why someone who designs for Dior should be given all the free passes he deserves...as for Natalie Portman that tired bitch who's on a fast track downhill with her recent over exposure has lost me as a fan, when I used to love her. She could have just as easily said she really knew him and that his intentions when sober were totally different instead of fueling the fire of backlash....all we need is another legendary designer wiped out........rest in peace McQueen.........and Live, Live, Live Galliano I love you!

Joe
Joe

It's the same person drunk or sober. The drunk version doesn't just make up new traits. He must have had them all along.

Movielover
Movielover

Sneller, when people say"over the top" stuff (like you, not even being drunk yet) you are speaking what you feel. When drunks do that they are speaking what they feel. If this is what you feel, you're a prejudiced person and you might as well accept that. As for being drunk, it lets down barriers people usually have up and it is what they really think. You may love this turd, but actually he is an asshole if he never works again and dies a miserable alcoholic, well, boo-fuckin'-who.

Gudrun Safran
Gudrun Safran

Hi Pat, your right-i agree 100%! Big Hug,your Friend Gudrun from Berlin

Musto
Musto

Pat Field has sent me a statement clarifying her original remarks. I have a whole new post on this above. But for the record, here is what she said:

"Before I throw myself on the band wagon of 'off with his head', my education in school and in life has taught me to get all of the facts in detail. Those facts are not out as I see them. Just for the record, I don't like Hitler and Iike Jewish people as I like all people from everywhere. I want the opportunity to hear what John has to say, particularly about the one-year old video that was sold to The Sun. Is this part ok? I repeat, I amnot anti Semitic and I am a personal friend of John Galliano's."

Joe
Joe

She may be a personal friend, but it doesn't sound like she's a close one.

Please ... all the facts? They're out in the open.

What Pat seems to be saying is she wants some information to refute what happened. Because there isn't any, she can always claim they're missing or hidden.

guest
guest

Everyone keeps talking about how kind he usually is, but doesn't he routinely hurl empty soda cans at his staff?

Jackstone54
Jackstone54

If John Galliano had ranted against Arabs or Muslims, there would have been no brouhaha.

Denny
Denny

Your response is just another form of Jew-hating. "It only matters to people if it's about Jews." What you say has no truth. Of course there would have been a brouhaha.

Pat Bradley
Pat Bradley

I believe Dior's decision was based largely upon SALES. If a large makeup of their clientele happened to be Arab or Muslim, I think their response would have been the same. But if Galliano's remarks were towards a demographic that represented little or no percentage of their revenue, I think that perhaps all Galliano would have gotten would have been a mere finger wag...

Joan Marshall
Joan Marshall

Thanks for fixing Michael. At first it read like an Avant Garde poem. As for the other comments it's clear that missing a quotation mark is a mortal sin. I shall kill myself now.

Musto
Musto

Well, I thought the quote marks and the fact that the second half of the post addressed her as Pat would make it clear.

But since it didn't for some people. I've added a space an the words "My response:"

Joan Marshall
Joan Marshall

what am I missing here? although she titles this "In Praise of" she clearly ends the piece by saying it isn't enough to just have great fashion sense, he must also act responsibly. So I don't get how she's praising what he's done.

Maitresse
Maitresse

Oy, vey, Joan, do you not see where the quotes end?!

Wisebear
Wisebear

You also don't get how quotation marks work. That bit is not part of her demented statement.

And another fashionista renders herself unemployable.

Glam Star
Glam Star

While I read it correctly the first time, I could see others skimming over it and easily misreading it. They've employed bad formatting in this piece.

The quote should stand out on its own, by either using a block quote format, or a different color/font/bold. That's pretty much the standard on all blogs.

Lily
Lily

Wow what a moron. And I'm sure he and his supporters will pull a Mel Gibson and try to blame it on the booze, when really he is merely a pathetic and hateful idiot who finally got caught.

Common Sense
Common Sense

Earth to Pat: In the words of a New Jersey Housewife, "Pay Attention, Puh-lease!!!"

Comments like Pat's make her sound like as much of an insensitive and bigoted idiot as Galliano.

Jonster
Jonster

I was sitting at a dinner party with a group of successful-thirty-something gay men. The wine was flowing, a fire was roaring, and the conversation, banal enough to make my teeth ache, shifted to one guest's purchase of a new Bavarian automobile. "How ya like the new car?" someone asked him. "Ugh," he said. "Driving over here was hell. I had to stop at least six times for these JEWS who kept getting in my way. I'm sorry," he said. "But Hitler was right!" My fork froze halfway to my mouth and everyone turned to look at me, which caused me to realize I was the only "near Jew" in the room (Mom was a Christian). What does one do in a situation like this? I ignored him, and changed the subject. But it reminded me that, when you hear of a minority who tries to claim the high ground by shouting their "victimhood" from the rooftops in their quest for civil rights, chances are pretty good that they are victimizers as well as victims.

Joe
Joe

You can do what a wonderful woman I know does. Say very firmly and to the room in general, "I suddenly feel very uncomfortable."

Then the onus is on the bigot. You don't have to justify your discomfort or anything. Just repeat, "What you said makes me uncomfortable."

greg
greg

Yes, but there is hate everywhere. During the time of Hitler, there was widespread hate, not just anti-semitism. Between 11 and 15 million people were actually killed during Hitler's reign. Other than the 6 million jews, there were the homosexuals (I assume that Galliano is one), Catholics, Russians (of all inclinations), etc. And I dare say that many, many people from all over the world hate homosexuals, many more than hate jews. And like jews, there are many powerful homosexuals in Hollywood, the media, the arts, etc. Still, whether people admit it or not, many people still dislike how jews and homosexuals behave ... and frankly, many, many of my jewish friends complain about "wasps", even though I technically am one. And I also have jewish friends who don't love some of the views and behavior of some of their brethren. Yet it isn't actually against the law in France to rant about the gays or protestants, yet it is to spout anti-semitic sentiments. Racism of any kind is a waste of energy, and what Galliano said was rude and disgusting, but just let it go. I mean, the women weren't even jewish. Galliano was drunk ... and is probably crazy. I mean, what a nutcase -- he's anything but "beautiful" himself! Who cares if he hates jews. People are afraid to say it, but no doubt the issue of "freedom of speech" is crossing their minds. Prosecuting and belaboring the anti-semitic thing is getting really old and annoying -- and it doesn't help the cause at all. In fact, it makes the anti-semites simmer and fume even more, especially as Jews are no longer a suffering demographic. A very high percentage have privilege that most people can only dream of. I liken the jewish/holocaust issue to 9-11 -- at first the world was horrified, but sympathy has sort of waned because of ... well ... who Americans are in the world, their politics and their style. We're not exactly loved around the world. I am gay and not even effeminate or overt, and yet I have suffered more prejudice and have had more hate directed at me than any of my jewish friends. A lot of people want gays dead ... including some jews i know. It's hurtful and sometimes hard to bear, but I don't want to waste time banging on about it. People can be ignorant and have their own tastes (I don't love the way a lot of queeny gays act, especially those like Galliano, and I choose not to hang around with them...). I have too many people who do like me, and I'd rather focus on that ... and move on, rather than constantly highlighting the hate. I really think Jews should do the same, for their own good and happiness.

Movielover
Movielover

You seem well meaning, but you don't know your history so well and it seems like your attitude is, "Well, what are you going to do?" Change for blacks, gays and Jews didn't happen by people just saying "Oh, well." One topic you touched on is that some blacks, Jews and gays don't have much support for the other 2 groups that they're not in - and it's pretty dumb of them.

David
David

Annoyance 1: Some idiot fashion designer brings up the subject.

Annoyance 2: We have to hear the viewpoint of idiots like you.

franco
franco

To this day, do you have 'L'esprit de l'escalier' moments?

L'esprit de l'escalier or l'esprit d'escalier, usually translated as "staircase wit", is the act of thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late to deliver it. The phenomenon is usually accompanied by a feeling of regret at not having thought of the retort when it was most needed or suitable.

The Yiddish trepverter expresses the same idea.

"Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it."- Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic

Jonster
Jonster

Ha! Yes. I should have pushed him down a staircase...

I am helpless against personal bigotry, almost as if I believe there must be some essential integrity in such a visceral response that it must be related to a personal experience that I have no business condemning. I will usually keep my mouth shut. At that dinner party, the man to the bigot's right threw an arm around him. "Oh, c'mon, you don't mean that." The bigot sat there looking like he'd just swallowed a peach pit with a "Did I really just say that?" look on his face. I've noticed that a lot of the gay bigots I know are big drinkers. One guy, an out politico in a wealthy district, is convinced the Jews are behind everything. But only after that 4th vodka.

franco
franco

Thanks to the Gibsons, the Gallianos of the world for this oft quoted Latin proverb:

In vino veritasIn wine [there is the] truthORA drunk mouth speaks a sober mind

And in other related news, even Julian Assange is getting in the act:

My Enemies Are All Jews and SissiesWikileaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly told the British satirical and current affairs magazine Private Eye that there is a conspiracy of Jewish reporters out to get him, and that they're a bunch of little girls.

franco
franco

I foresee exile for him, back to the Rock of Gibraltar, his birthplace.

Galliano's alleged victims, Géraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgitti.

In her statement to police, Bloch, who is not Jewish, alleged that Galliano screamed at her, "Dirty Jew face, you should be dead," and told her to "shut your mouth, dirty bitch, I can't stand your dirty whore voice."

As for Virgitti, who is of Asian descent, Bloch says Galliano yelled, "You fucking Asian bastard, I'll kill you!" He then returned his attention to Bloch. "You're so ugly I can't bear looking at you. You're wearing cheap boots, cheap thigh boots. You've got no hair, your eyebrows are ugly, you're ugly, you're nothing but a whore."

And for his finale, Bloch — whom witnesses reported initially mistook Galliano for a homeless person, perhaps angering him — says Galliano yelled, "I am the designer John Galliano!" and struck a pose. [NYDN]

Fashionhollywood
Fashionhollywood

Is this broad shittin' me. DEFEND John Galliano! What is there to "defend". John Galliano is a grand, pompous, unintelligible fool. And to think that a company like DIOR would need to set him up is ludicrous. And for WHAT prattle? Gives us a break Pat. This guy is just a beside himself queen who like some many other queens out there, think it's ALL about him. Ms. Pat, you actually wants us to believe that a company would be so stupid to have someone use "Racism" as a ploy for business. I don't think so. Then we need to put them out of business! Please Pat, step into OUR Universe! Pelllease.

latenitebump
latenitebump

yes! fashion companies for decades have used racism as a ploy for business. in the case of african-americans, many "fashion" brands favoured by african-americans (timberland, bruno magli, crystal champagne, et al.) have openly and publicly stated that they did not want their namebrands/products to be associated with african-americans.as for gays: GQ magazine.

Bindi the jungle Gurl
Bindi the jungle Gurl

We watch movie people and athletes, etc.,. from the sidelines and maybe perhaps envy them (i.e. $$$$). This isn't really any different. For some reason unbeknown to people that travel in his circle he does the drunken tirade and once again Jews and Holocaust victims seem to be the choice de jour.Obviously he may be a Fashion genius but drunken bigotry sure seems to be a low class way to commit hari cari.

Stitt
Stitt

it would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Pat Bradley
Pat Bradley

Um, has that dye gone to your head Ms. Field?

1. You don't have enough internet savvy to find the video, and 2. You shouldn't be releasing a public statement on something you clearly aren't well enough informed about!

Gherkin
Gherkin

Pat Field is so clueless, she comes off like a walking fashion stereotype ("What happened? What did he say?")

PhillyGirlLiz
PhillyGirlLiz

Who here in their right mind would align themselves with Galliano after this? If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. Dior did the right thing.

BJF
BJF

Galliano expressing the hate-filled darkness of his soul. Field expressing the vapidity of her mind. The funny part of all this is that Mr. Galliano would also have been gassed by Hitler. I'm so tired of stupid people.

Troubleblonde
Troubleblonde

Throughout history there have been individuals who were extremely talented and yet were just hateful awful people. Galliano obviously falls into that category. Or else he's just a bitter old drunk who hates himself and everyone else. And what a bunch of hypocritical assholes Dior is because they made clothes for the wives of Nazis during the war. So much for zero tolerance. To say nothing of how long it took for Vogue Magazine to put a black model on its cover.

Thepublic
Thepublic

First 'Sex and the City 2' and now this!

Kiki Valentine
Kiki Valentine

Dear Pat, Don't release a statement until you actually know what the person said. Thank you, The Little People

Fashionistafanny
Fashionistafanny

Does she really not get it?/ "What did he say?" Look at the video! How could that be OK??

Viv
Viv

Is she implying that he somehow got set up by Dior? Even if so, they couldn't have done that without him spewing all that shit.

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