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Designer John Galliano, who is known for his public Anti-Semitism, stirred up more controversy during New York’s Fashion Week by dressing as a Hasid to attend Oscar de la Renta’s show.
Early in 2011, Galliano was fired from Christian Dior for his Anti-Semitic slurs which were captured on video, reported The New York Post. His drunken rant included various incriminating expletives and the phrase, “I love Hitler.”
Two years later, he is making headlines once again for the wrong reasons.
The front page of Wednesday’s N.Y. Post featured Galliano labeled as a “shmuck” for supposedly mocking Hassidic Jews with the garb he chose to wear to support friend de la Renta at his fashion show on Tuesday.
His outfit consisted of a long jacket, hat, and “peyos,” or sidelocks, all common attire for this branch of Jewish orthodoxy.
New York’s Jewish leaders were outraged with his public display of disrespect.
“He’s trying to embarrass people in the Jewish community and make money on clothes [while] dressed like people he has insulted,” retorted Isaac Abraham, Williamsburg’s community leader. “It looks like the hairstyle he added was done purposely to insult.”
However, according to the Associated Press, some came to the designer’s defense, citing his tendency to dress in a flamboyant manner.
“This is John Galliano, OK? He dresses eccentric,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “He has long hair, they're not peyos.”
Moreover, The Daily Beast noted that Galliano’s fedora hat, pinstripe pants, and ascot tie do not have religious associations.
Galliano's publicist Liz Rosenberg concluded, “Your accusations are not at all correct.”