February 15, 2013

Galliano neither Antisemitic nor Hasidic

Here's a strange report on John Galliano.  Have a look at the picture from the New York Post:

WHO JEW KIDDING! Hitler-loving designer John Galliano wears Hasidic-like garb in Manhattan yesterday.

The article it accompanies is headed, Jew-bash designer Galliano's costume mocks faithful and it quotes various Williamsburg residents expressing their disgust at Galliano for mocking them.
Here's an example:
“He’s trying to embarrass people in the Jewish community and make money on clothes [while] dressed like people he has insulted,” fumed Williamsburg community leader Isaac Abraham. It looks like the hairstyle he added was done purposely to insult.”

One writer, Serena French, at the New York Post defended him by saying his latest garb is "Just his way of making amends" but then ended her article:

For the flamboyant designer, this outfit is meant to be an attention grabber. He had a bright spotlight once and probably misses it. He's used to courting controversy and this is the perfect way to put himself back in the conversation on his own terms. Either that or he converted.
 So he's making another antisemitic statement or he's making amends or he's simply grabbing attention.  There's only one way to settle this.  The Jewcy section of Tablet Magazine called in Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League:

According to ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman:
There is no truth to their accusation that John Galliano was dressed in Hasidic garb, and anyone familiar with the dress of traditional Orthodox Jews should not mistake what Galliano is wearing in the photograph as “Hasidic garb.” Hasidim do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie.
“He has spent hours with me and with others in the European Jewish community, including rabbis and Holocaust scholars, in an effort to better understand himself and to learn from his past mistakes. He is trying very hard to atone,” Foxman added.

Now how did a top fashion designer find time to talk to Abe Foxman and yet have no time to talk the New York Post?

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