NEW YORK, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC praised the noted fashion house Christian Dior for firing designer John Galliano after his shocking remarks were recorded on camera.
"Christian Dior has shown that there can be zero tolerance for pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic tirades," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Nonetheless, it is baffling and disheartening that admiration for Nazism – and hatred of Jews – is so deeply ingrained in the heart and soul of such an individual."
AJC was appalled by the revelation of Galliano's rant, caught on video, in which he told some patrons in a bar: "I love Hitler" and "people like you would be dead" and "your mothers, your forefathers gassed."
Oscar award-winning actress Natalie Portman, who represents a Dior product, expressed shock and disgust.
"As an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way," Portman said.
"Natalie Portman's principled and powerful stance regarding this outrage should serve as a model for how to respond such blatant bigotry," said Harris.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee