The company's head designer has been under mounting pressure following allegations he abused two strangers in Paris, France and was caught on video talking of his "love" for Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
He was suspended by bosses at Christian Dior pending the outcome of a probe by French cops - but on Tuesday (01Mar11) a company spokesman announced Galliano has now been sacked.
Dior's chief executive Sidney Toledano says, "I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."
The style guru was arrested last week (24Feb11) after he allegedly hurled racist insults at a couple drinking in a Parisian bar.
He was released without charge but was suspended by bosses at fashion house Christian Dior, where he is head designer, while further police investigations took place.
Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, denied the claims, and revealed that the star is planning to sue the couple for defamation. But the flamboyant couturier faced further scandal on Monday (28Feb11) with the release of a new video which apparently shows him lashing out at another group of drinkers at the same bar, telling them, "I love Hitler".
Now Best Actress Oscar winner Portman, who is currently the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has taken aim at Galliano - insisting she will no longer have anything to do with the shamed designer.
She says in a statement, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
The designer attended a Paris prosecutor's office on Monday (28Feb11) and denied all the allegations, according to the Associated Press.
The flamboyant couturier was arrested last Thursday (24Feb11) over accusations he hurled insults at two strangers in a Parisian bar.
He was taken to a nearby police station but later released without charge. His lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, went on to blast the couple's claims and Galliano is preparing to sue the pair for defamation after he was suspended by bosses at Christian Dior, where he is head designer.
But the fashion king is now facing further questioning at the Paris public prosecutor's office, where he will meet with authorities on Monday, according to his lawyer.
Zerbib says, "They have to find out the truth. If the public prosecutor's office decides it is an emergency case, things could go very quickly."
Galliano is also facing further scandal following the release of a new video, which apparently shows him lashing out at a group of drinkers in a bar.
In the footage, posted on the website of British newspaper The Sun, Galliano is heard slurring his words as he tells the group: "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f**king gassed."
The Scottish star played the German Fuhrer in 2003 movie Hitler: The Rise of Evil, and wept on set because he was convinced his anti-Semitic rants were offending Jewish crewmembers.
And Carlyle admits the strain of playing Hitler stayed with him for "months" after the cameras stopped rolling.
He says, "If you are spewing bile as Adolf Hitler it doesn't just stop when they say 'cut'. It's in your f**king mind, this stuff is rattling around, these words, this hatred, this bile, is in there, and you need to just sit and let it go. That one in particular took months to get rid of, I felt horrible.
"There was one really hard moment during the beer hall speeches, it was only after I'd done it that I realised how many Jewish people were in the crew, and that affected me. I was in tears and going round saying sorry and stuff. They would say, 'It's OK', but it was bad for me because I felt awful saying that stuff."
S5:E7 As outlandish as 30 Rock can be, sometimes the zaniness is so crazy it wraps back around and functions as real life advice. This is one of those times. Liz is having trouble realizing that she’s not the popular girl and Jack suffers an identity crisis as his time as the head of GE comes to a close and to make matters worse, the crew discovers his voice has been sold to Pronouncify.com.
Liz is running behind again, and Tracy and Jenna aren’t helping. The crew is participating in a lottery, Liz buys one, but Jenna informs her the game is not for “soft-hands and face-workers” and that the crew will get upset if she wins. Of course she’s not worried. She goes back to the writer’s room where Toofer is being deservedly punished for being douchey. He’s insisting on pronouncing “schedule” like the British, but Frank check the pronunciation online. Not only is Toofer wrong, but they find that Jack’s voice is on the online dictionary. What the what? Frank types in a typical Jack phrase, “Lemon, Lesbian Frankenstein wants her shoes back.” Yup, that seals it.
She goes to see Jack, who’s waxing poetic on NBC’s shift to Kabletown from GE, and drops the Pronouncify.com bomb. Apparently Jack participated in a paid experiment at Princeton where he recorded every word in the dictionary to preserve the best American accent in case of nuclear war. Oh, of course. Since then, Princeton has been selling his voice, even for a WuTang Clan song. Ghostface would not approve. This of course reminds Jack that he started out poor - he worked hard to become a rich snob, which isn’t as refreshing as you’d think. Because he had to work so hard, he missed the college experience, but of course Liz says he’s not missing much as she recounts the single fortnight in college when she was popular. Defeated, Liz takes to staring wistfully from Jack’s visitors’ thoughtful window-staring spot as he stares wistfully from his own window staring-spot.
The crew announces the winner of the lottery and of course it’s Liz; we all saw that coming. She sidesteps the anger and offers to use the money to open a tab and their favorite bar. Cute crew guy approves…do I sense a competitor for Carol? (Maybe Liz’s wishful thinking is getting to me.) But then they all get drunk at lunch and have trouble getting to work, but at least they love her, right?
Jack’s upset that GE’s microwave division is having its best quarter without him, and Liz of course responds that he hired everyone in the department so he deserves the success. This of course gives Jack an idea; he thinks if he congratulates the department that they’ll sing his praises. Sounds pretty damn delusional to me.
The writers tease Jack with his audio likeness, using Pronouncify.com to make him say nice things about Obama. (How dare they?) But that’s the last straw, he and his ego blast back at the scribes and storm out. This of course gives them an idea…maybe they can use the site to make Jack say whatever they want to someone else: Pete. They use the site to call Pete and set up a fake friendship with Jack – one that results in some serious TMI and Pete’s spastically awkward white guy rapping. I’d feel sorry for him, but I know that scene must have been so fun for Scott Adsit to shoot, so it’s cool.
Meanwhile, Liz is enjoying her momentary relapse of popularity, awkwardly fist-bumping (she’s never done it before, guys!) and trying desperately (and I mean desperately) to keep the mojo going. Jenna and Tracy tell her it won’t last, soon she’ll be back to playing the authority role. She’s not willing to let go yet, and when she finds out the alcoholics were left out of Liz’s bar tab gift she puts together a last-minute ice cream bar to keep them happy. But that only works until the one alcoholic and lactose intolerant guy says Liz’s gifts just made him feel terrible. But she’s got a fix for that too! She takes off her grandfather’s watch and hands it to him and starts her own victory chant: Liz-ard, Liz-ard, Liz-ard. Wow, Lemon. That’s desperate. Not to mention, Liz-ard? That’s what you chose? I liked “B-Liz-bian” better.
Jack follows through with his self-indulgent plan, and walks into the GE microwave lab to congratulate his workers. After they attempt to kick him out because he doesn’t have clearance to be in the lab, he finally realizes that the three guys in the lab aren’t the people he hired – but he only notices because their nametags are different. Wow, you really switched gears when you became rich, didn’t you Jack? In his anger – and with the realization that the engineers are using his audio recordings to make the microwave speak – he seizes the microwave so he can run a few rigorous (and delusional) tests. Despite the fact that Kenneth manages to say something incredibly insightful about Jack’s inability to let go, Jack dismisses him rather scathingly and requires him to run dangerous tests on the microwave. (Harsh, Jack. You don’t have to be such a dick.)
Back in the writer’s room, virtual Jack sets up a man-date with Pete. He promises to make his dreams come true if he comes up to his office with canned beers, a Mexican poncho, and his guitar so they “can jam.” Oh Pete, why are you so gullible? Lutz is feeling guilty and runs to his office mommy, Liz, and tells her the prank is going too far. But Liz is still trying to be the cool guy, and Lutz throws a tantrum because someone has to be the authority and he can’t take it.
Jack’s encounter with Kenneth has only increased his delusion, so he storms back into the microwave lab and shoves the rain-soaked, malfunctioning microwave in the engineers’ faces. As he starts his tirade, the microwave continues to malfunction shouting “Stop” “Over” “Done.” The microwave accomplishes was Kenneth couldn’t and shows Jack that it’s time to let go, so he bows out… sort of gracefully.
Because Liz refuses to be the R.A. (resident advisor, it’s a college thing), the writers’ prank reaches fruition and Jack returns to his office to see Pete in a poncho, with a guitar and some brewskis. Actually, after the day Jack’s had, he’s actually stoked to sit with Pete and get grungy with Pete like the college experience he never had. He and Pete get down to “Aqualung” and throw back cheap beers and discuss the whole “colors are different to different people” theory. Yep, that’s college.
On set, Liz’s luck is running out. The watch she gave the lactose intolerant crew member has “Not stolen property of Adolf Lemon” engraved on it – whoops. And yikes, Liz’s grandpa was a pickpocket and he shared a name with Hitler? Liz finally admits she’s not the cool kid, and when they all yell “You suck” at her, she accepts it and lays down the law. She lays down the law hard. (And I just excited way too many Liz Lemon-philes out there.) After she loses it, she joins Jack and Pete in their collegefest and offers to shotgun a beer – yep, nerd seeking approval is totally college.
The tag pays homage to Animal House and gives us way too much information about Liz’s health issues, but at least it gives Jack his college-kick.
September 09, 2010 10:15am EST
Michel passed away in New York on 27 August (10), reports Daily Variety.
A native of the Alsace region of France, Michel spent most his youth in Vienna, Austria studying music. His family fled the country as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler began to assert Germany's power over the region, and they arrived in the U.S. in 1938.
Within his first year on American soil, he wrote and composed music for two Broadway revues, From Vienna and Reunion.
In the 1940s, he began his career in U.S. television producing news shows for the CBS network, and went on to produce soap opera The Edge of Night.
As an advertising executive he secured sponsorship for a variety of programming, and also helped to develop hit TV shows ChiPs and Fame.
In 1997, he was awarded with the Advertising Age Media Maven Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishment throughout his decades-long career.
Michel is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary.
Schlingensief passed away in Berlin, Germany on Saturday (21Aug10), two years after he was diagnosed with the deadly illness.
The star is best known for his provocative work in the theatre and movie business, shocking critics with films including 1989's A Hundred Years of Adolf Hitler, which covered the last hours of the Nazi dictator's life, and 1990's The German Chainsaw-Massacre.
His theatre work included his famous production of Hamlet in 2001 in Berlin which involved the controversial casting of neo-Nazi amateur actors. Schlingensief also established himself as an artist in recent years. He had been due to showcase his latest production S.M.A.S.H. at Germany's Ruhrtriennale festival but recently cancelled the show because of his ill health.
He is survived by his wife, costume designer Aino Laberenz.
Anupam Kher will play the Nazi leader and former Miss India Neha Dhupia will take on Braun in Dear Friend Hitler.
Director Rakesh Ranjan Kumar says, "We aim to capture the personality of Adolf Hitler."
Jack Harrison, who survived the Great Escape plot by Allied prisoners in a World War Two prison camp, died on Friday (04Jun10) at a nursing home in Scotland.
Harrison was charged with disposing of dirt extracted from an underground tunnel, which was used to help 76 prisoners of war escape. He failed to escape himself.
Only three men managed to reach safety. German leader Adolf Hitler ordered the execution of 50 recaptured men.
Reports suggest Harrison was the last survivor of the plot, which became a major movie in 1963.
The Blind Side star walked out on James and left the couple's marital home in March (10) when allegations of his infidelities first surfaced.
On Tuesday (06Apr10), Bullock's aides spoke out against claims that James possesses a graphic sex tape featuring the actress, which he could possibly use as leverage in a divorce case.
Now James' rep has cleared up internet reports which suggest he's recorded several tapes with mistresses featuring Nazi-themed paraphernalia.
A rep for James tells People.com, "The claims of sex tapes are untrue and completely fabricated."
James, believed to be receiving treatment in an Arizona facility, was shamed last month (Mar10) by the online leak of a photo in which he poses as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.