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John Galliano Convicted Over Anti-Semitic Remarks in Paris

A court has issued a suspended sentence to designer John Galliano over two incidents in which he made anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris bar, the AP reports:

John_galliano Galliano, who didn't attend the announcement of the verdict, was given no prison time. He was given a suspended €6,000 ($8,400) fine, which means it goes on his criminal record but he does not have to pay it. He was, however, ordered to pay €16,500 ($23,200) in court fees for the complainants — three individuals and five anti-racism associations — plus a symbolic €1 ($1.40) in damages to each one. The Paris court found him guilty of "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" stemming from two separate incidents at a Paris bar.

Dior fired Galliano in March over the incidents.

Previously...
Watch: John Galliano Mobbed at Paris Court, Condemed by Portman [tr]
Watch: Dior Designer John Galliano Proclaims 'I Love Hitler' [tr]
Galliano Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Couple He is Accused of Attacking [tr]
Dior Designer John Galliano Arrested in Paris for Drunken, Anti-Semitic Assault [tr]

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  1. Can you really sue someone for "public insults"???????

    Posted by: TyN | Sep 8, 2011 10:59:30 AM


  2. The French take "hate speech" pretty seriously - and although the fine is small, Galliano's reputation is pretty much ruined. Seems appropriate to me.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 8, 2011 11:03:39 AM


  3. While I am not an advocate of unlimited "Freedom of Speech". This is one of the cases that make me happy to live in the USA. It may be appropriate for society to treat him as a pariah, but the state should not be able to punish people for "public insults".

    Posted by: Travshad | Sep 8, 2011 11:20:54 AM


  4. Thank FSM for the First Amendment. Hateful has what he said may have been, the idea that it is a crime is preposterous.

    Posted by: Glenn | Sep 8, 2011 11:24:32 AM


  5. @Travshad ... "...the state should not be able to punish people for "public insults"."

    Perhaps not, but France and other European nations have had a much more tragic history connected with anti-semitism and hate speech than the United States. This ruling amounts to a kind of "zero tolerance" to prevent escalations of hate speech to physical hate actions.

    Posted by: RJ | Sep 8, 2011 11:35:21 AM


  6. Mr. Galliano is obviously a dissolute fop. His comments obviously called for him being canned! I'm not sure I agree with such laws because they force racial hatreds underground where they fester and grow. There are people in this country that say such things: KKK, Fred Phelps, et al, and other right-wingers, but the vast majority of Americans have gotten to hear what they have to say, and have decided that such people are idiots. Good!
    Another gripe about this French law (which is similar to laws in most European countries): they never enforce it against Moslem imams who describe the French as pigs and less than human. Infidels, etc. The moslems can say anything they want and say that it is their religion and their religious beliefs, so they cannot be restricted in the brutal insults they heap on the French people. The moslems NEVER get arrested.

    Posted by: dancobbb | Sep 8, 2011 11:56:32 AM


  7. Now LVMH has MJ and Robert Duffy and all his criminal charges runnig things at Dior. They never learn.

    Posted by: Chickie | Sep 8, 2011 12:39:14 PM


  8. A "suspended fine" that "goes on his criminal record but he doesn't have to pay it?" Is it me or is that weird? Either fine him or don't fine him.

    Posted by: Don | Sep 8, 2011 12:55:31 PM


  9. Interesting that a culture who convict people of anti-Semitic speech has no issue what-so-ever with anti-Islamic speech...

    Posted by: yuninv | Sep 8, 2011 12:58:34 PM


  10. How bizarre that he gets suspended sentence AND suspended fine. Never heard of that before.

    Posted by: Oliver | Sep 8, 2011 1:08:19 PM


  11. I live in a country where even unpopular speech is protected. It's one of the few ways the EU countries are really behind America. That and smoking.

    Posted by: Ray Ivey | Sep 8, 2011 1:13:54 PM


  12. @YUNINV. Get over yourself! The French banned public wearing of the burka and other traditional clothing common to conservative Muslim women. Many in America would consider womens' choice in attire as an expression... much aligned with our freedom of speech. This particular choice is certainly aligned with our Constitutional right to freedom of religion. There is no double standard here on the part of the French! They're wrong in both cases.

    For the record, I disagree in both choices the French made: limiting Muslim women's faith-inspired choice of clothing and convicting an idiot of his exercise of speech. But let's address controversies that properly exist; not create new ones.

    Posted by: William | Sep 8, 2011 1:28:13 PM


  13. William... you just said what I said, but did it with more words... so.. thanks for that, I guess.

    Posted by: yuninv | Sep 8, 2011 2:05:06 PM


  14. Hate speech is reserved to certain specific segments of the public in every nation. You can call women bitches, the C-word and nothing happens wherever you go.

    This is why I don't get overset anymore when anyone calls anyone else a name because if words aren't supposed to hurt me, why should they hurt anyone else.

    Sounds petty? Probably.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 8, 2011 2:20:01 PM



  15. "I'm not sure I agree with such laws because they force racial hatreds underground where they fester and grow. There are people in this country that say such things: KKK, Fred Phelps, et al, and other right-wingers, but the vast majority of Americans have gotten to hear what they have to say, and have decided that such people are idiots. Good!"

    What the hell did you have, DAN CORN COBB, a religious conversion? You ARE the KKK Grand Dragon of Towleroad.

    Unbelievable! What? Are you in the race with Bachman and Perry now? Un-f.cking-believable.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 8, 2011 3:32:10 PM


  16. Sorry, YUNINV. I was rushing out the house when I read and responded to your original comment.

    Posted by: William | Sep 8, 2011 5:13:30 PM


  17. Freedom of speech means freedom to offend and freedom to be an a-hole. Who is to determine what is offensive and what is not? Everyone is offended by something.

    Yuninv, you are incorrect. Geert Wilders was dragged into court in Europe for criticizing Islam. It was a highly publicized case.

    Derrick, I'm sorry. I must have missed the relevance of the KKK, Bachmann, and Perry to John Galliano. What a hyperbolic mind you have.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 8, 2011 9:26:31 PM


  18. Max - but not in France - which is where this particular story takes place and thus was the point of my statement...

    Posted by: yuninv | Sep 8, 2011 10:44:34 PM


  19. Yuninv, you are still incorrect.

    Bridget Bardot was fined 15,000 euros by a court in Paris a few years ago for "hate speech" against Muslims. That's Paris, France.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 8, 2011 11:03:29 PM


  20. Max please we all know you're racist!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Sep 9, 2011 1:01:07 AM


  21. Chris, your race card expired on January 20, 2009. It doesn't work anymore. Sorry.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 9, 2011 10:12:08 AM


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