1. brian says

    Well, put your money where your mouth is, Natalie Portman. Withdraw from Dior and show us that you really mean it when you say you’re disgusted with Galliano.

    All I see in Natalie is yet another Hollywood female who will do anything to achieve fame, including taking part in a homophobic movie called Black Swan. Go away, Natalie.

  2. Precious says

    @Brian: Why on earth should Portman withdraw from Dior when they’ve already suspended him and IMMEDIATELY made their policy on this clear? I would think she would support their decision & quick handling of this issue.

    Also, what was homophobic about Black Swan? Jeeez.

  3. Tom says

    Galliano is the son of a Gibraltan father and a Spanish (Andalusian) mother — where is there _any_ evidence that he is Jewish. How is that for discussion, cornhole?

  4. Where are the adjectives? says

    It’s fairly funny, given how free Towle is with the editorial adjectives on so many occasions, that he’s not willing to label this behavior “disgusting” or “bigoted.” He’s so often so very free with those words.

  5. says

    I’m sick of this “well he’s Jewish too” excuses from people. Firstly because that would still be no excuse for his remarks and secondly because its simply not true, its just an internet rumor posited to deflect some of the damage done to his reputation. Also he made these remarks in a bar IN A JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD!! Le Marais is home to Paris’ Hasidic population, which makes his rant even more troubling.

  6. TampaZeke says

    I wonder if Jewish websites are being flooded with Jewish people defending his behavior, claiming that it wasn’t anti-Semitic, saying that people should “get over it” and “get a sense of humor” the way gay websites do with gays defending homophobic tirades?

    You can expect a “I’m sorry if any super sensitive, humorless, crazy people were offended by my perfectly reasonable behavior. I’m not anti-Semitic; some of my best friends are dirty Heebes” non-apology apology any minute now. At least if anti-Semites are anything like homophobes; which they are.

  7. chris says

    what i find amazing about the whole thing is that Galliano seems to be a regular bar patron who sits alone, gets really drunk and then gets really nasty. a mean drunk. not terribly glamorous. It seems slightly implausible that a week before a show that he would have the time to sit around and drink 2 bottles of wine (he must be a nightmare at work the next day). kind of sad. maybe he needs a little rehab.

  8. Jerry says

    What was homophobic about Black Swan? I saw it, I loved it and I guess I missed the point, because it was not homophobic in my opinion.
    Good point @Tmpazeke

  9. says

    I thought Portman’s statement was very eloquent and sincere. And I didn’t find anything homophobic about Black Swan, unless you find symbolic lesbianism homophobic. And if so, I think you need to broaden your worldview a little and not be a single-issue ranter.

  10. Paul says

    Good riddance. But I have to say I think the French laws are totally unfair and antithetical to a free society. Sounds like the thought police to me. What if someone insults Judaism as opposed to the Jewish people…is that a crime? He should be fired and driven out of polite society….but not arrested.

  11. SteveC says

    So Natalie Portman is offended by anti-semitism.

    Good for her.

    Such a pity she doesn’t show the same disgust towards child-rape.

    She was opposed to the extradition of convicted child rapist Roman Polanski from Switzerland to the US.

  12. Kyle says

    I’m glad to be an American, where at least one is not charged with a crime for speaking his mind, no matter how disgusting or foul his words are.

  13. Genesis Revelations says

    This is what anti-semitism looks like: John Galliano.

    This is NOT what anti-semitism looks like: social justice actiivsts trying to bring peace and justice to Israel by holding a public meeting at the New York LGBT Community Center.

    We’ve Been Attacked by a Rich, Racist Porn Star
    Posted on February 25, 2011 by Sherry Wolf| 7 Comments
    I honestly couldn’t give a crap that some privileged, right-wing, porn star shill for Israel’s crimes, Michael Lucas, has mobilized his “troops” to fill my inbox with racist inanities. My line on being called a “self-hating Jew” is the same as Max Blumenthal’s: “I may occasionally hate myself, but it has nothing to do with being Jewish.”

    The real crime here is that voices of resistance, especially Arab and Muslim resistance, are being silenced in a sanctuary for the oppressed and marginalized, New York’s LGBT Center. Please read the interview with me, below, by Village Voice writer, Steven Thrasher, and click the link to the petition at the bottom to sign and circulate widely.

    Also, I will be speaking at the opening night of Israeli Apartheid Week, Monday, Feb. 28, 7:30PM, at NYU’s Kimmel Center with Stephen Shalom, Ava Houshmand, and Jeff Goodwin on Divestment: A Strategy to End the U.S.-Backed Israeli Occupation.

    Here’s the piece from the Voice on The Ruckus over Israeli Apartheid Week, the Gay Center and a Porn Star

    Sherry Wolf is a member of the Siege Busters Working Group, which was planning a “Party to End Apartheid!” for Israeli Apartheid Week at the LGBT Center, where they’d met regularly since last summer.

    Then, pornographer and ardent pro-Israel Jew Michael Lucas complained on Tuesday about the event, it was canceled, and Siege Busters was evicted from the Center.

    Wolf, a long-time and well-known activist for both gay rights and socialism, talks to Runnin’ Scared about her 23 years of being active at the Center, now being labeled an anti-Semitic Jew, and having her group kicked out without so much as a phone call.

    Part of what enrages Wolf is that the Center didn’t even bother to contact the group. (The Center said in a statement, “When one group’s meetings or activities interfere with the Center’s focus on our core mission, we reserve the right to ask this group to move.” The Center didn’t mention that it had played host to an Israeli Apartheid Week event in 2008.)

    Runnin’ Scared: Did it hurt to have a pornographer call Siege Busters a hate group?

    Sherry Wolf: Yes, especially since the charges were so stinging! More than half of [Siege Busters] is Jewish, and the others are mostly Arabs, and they call us anti-Semitic? Isn’t the center a place where different people are supposed to meet and discuss? Shouldn’t Jews and Arabs, gay and lesbian and transgender, working together towards peace be something that is celebrated? We cannot allow a wealthy porn entrepreneur to dictate what kind of speech is allowed, at a center whose very mission is to represent the oppressed and the marginalized!

    RS: When did Siege Busters start meeting at the Center?

    Wolf: In late August of last year. We’ve been meeting sometimes weekly, sometimes every other week.

    RS: Why did you meet at the LGBT Center? Were there many gay or lesbian members, or did one person know of it just as a place to meet?

    Wolf: Many of us are gay and lesbian, but it’s never been a condition, since my ACT-UP days, that you had to be gay or meet about a sexuality issue to meet at the Center.

    RS: When did you first start going to the Center?

    Wolf: In 1988, when I moved back to the city and got involved with ACT-UP.

    RS: Are you are of aware, for lack of a better term, of other “non-gay” groups meeting at the Center?

    Wolf: Oh, yes! We’ve had anti-death penalty meetings, anti-war events, a whole spectrum of political and non-political meetings there. There’s a group that meets there of straight people who are into spanking! It’s always been a place where people with nowhere else to go could be. It’s atrocious that after 28 years, it’s becoming yet another occupied, homogenized space that only powerful and, frankly, white people dominate. That’s not the mission of the Center.

    RS: Are you aware of any controversial events you’ve been a part of ever being cancelled before?

    Wolf: An event cancelled? Never. The LGBT Center is the quintessential queer space, in which people who resist all forms of oppression have gathered to find support. I’m an author, of Sexuality and Socialism, and I had my book launch there. What if someone had a problem with socialists? Will we cave to that? The community has to embrace that our identity as LGBT people cannot be narrowly defined by a wealthy porn entrepreneur! I am a lesbian, a socialist, and an internationalist. As a citizen of the world, I have a responsibility and a right to organize with my Palestinian brothers and sisters, particularly because I am a Jewish anti-Zionist. I see no reason why the Center should shut itself down on this issue because of one porn entreprenuer with a platform in the Advocate.

    RS: How did you find out your event had been cancelled?

    Wolf: Informally, at first. I heard about four o’clock on Tuesday. Interestingly enough, I reached out to [Center Executive Director] Glennda Testone immediately. I hope she eventually returns my call. I tried reaching her. I saw an email that there was a press release and a call-in campaign [from Lucas]. Then, an hour, an hour and a half later, I heard that the event was cancelled, and Siege Busters was barred from meeting there.

    RS: So they never even spoke to you before making the decision?

    Wolf: No. There was no attempt to the contact the organizers, meet with the group, or even speak with us.

    RS: It’s not just the fundraising party that was ended?

    Wolf: No. We are not supposed to meet there anymore. You know, I can remember a time, and it wasn’t even that long ago, when people who were transgender were smeared upon, even by people in the gay and lesbian community. Should they be banned? . . . The Center has always been a home to controversy and free speech, and it needs to remain that. This is about saving the Center.

    RS: Do you hope to meet again at the Center?

    Wolf: We have no hostility towards the Center! But we are fighting for it. If radical people can’t meet there, then it just becomes another occupied space for wealthy bigots. This should not be a place where people defend the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. It’s an attempt to whitewash and pinkwash over the crimes people do not agree with. The Center should stand with the oppression of LGBT people all over the world. If this were Uganda, there would be no problem. But because we’re talking about our Palestinian gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, it’s an issue.


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