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John Galliano: Don’t buy into the “hate him, hate his talent” tabloid rant!

This is not some stupid follow-up to the Tabloid witch-hunt about John Galliano. I was inspired to put this together because the Art world has really taken quite a hit from this so-called Scandal concerning the iconic fashion designer. We are all screaming for some sort of intelligent discussion instead of Populist Pop-Idol style, “Lets cut down the tall poppies by taking a video of him in a drunken rage and use that to Vote him out of the Big “Fashion” Brother household!”

So if you want a populist, simplistic read about this issue, STOP Reading now!

I want to start this discussion with a simple premise: ” I may or may not agree with your views, but I will defend your right to have those views!”

Gorgio Armani: “I’m very, very sorry for him. It’s obviously a difficult time for him. I’m also very sorry that they even videotaped him without him knowing and now that’s all out.”

After that, if anyone wants to throw down the anti-Semitic comments he made, go for it! Have your rant, like John Galliano drunk & high on cocaine, had his rant!

Patricia Field: “People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theater every season. That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theater or in a movie. John lives in theater. It’s theater. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ singing Springtime for Hitler.”

The difference between your rant and Galliano’s rant is that there  is no one here to  gaod you & video tape you on their mobile phones ! ALL for the sake of getting 20 sec of fame and 35% of a Tabloid brokered deal with a Papparazzi agency! In turn, there is no tabloid dying to use your moment of anger to try to destroy 10 yrs of your life’s work, attack your abilities or talent personally and ultimately get you fired!

Carl Lagerfeld: “I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this….This is what makes me crazy in that story….The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk — there are things you cannot do..”

The opinions expressed within the fashion world are not apologetic when it comes to the Tabloid exploitation. No one supported racism.  They are not judging the person.  You don’t have to like it, but you might want to think about the insights from insiders before dismissing their opinions because it is not simplistic like in The Sun or the Daily Mail!

Roberto Cavalli: “I think that somebody wants to try to be bad with him. I think la Maison Dior should make to him a big red carpet because he helped Maison Dior to be what it is today. I don’t want to judge anybody, but I love John. John, I am with you.”

John Galliano Revived Dior in the last 10 years! If you don’t like his  dresses, don’t buy it. If you don’t like his politics or his  drunken rant, then  don’t watch the  tabloids about him. But if you put down his talent just  because you don’t like his    politics, then that’s your insecurity about the  world, not his talent that should be    under the microscope.

As one professional Art-blogger said, “I don’t generally judge artists by their political views although I  have always  naturally gravitated towards Picasso and  the new York artists  of the 1930’s because of  their anti fascist views. I try to look at the work of  Andre Derain, Emil Nolde,  Le  Corbusier and the Italian Futurists with an open mind despite their leanings and in  some cases embracing of fascism. It  still bothers me but you are right work should be  judged on its merit not the artists political leanings.”

Donatella Versace said in Milan there was no justification for the insults but she doubted Galliano had meant to be racist.

A respected Art journalist & historian suggested,”The arts are the best way to expose society to radical ideas and get people to  engage. That is why we need to expose young  people to more art at school. It is  counterproductive to put down obvious talent manifested in a single piece or body of  art  just because of the creator’s political views. Yes, Judgment on merits but bother  we should, because talent can be abused,  even against the artist’s will.”

Suzy Menkes: “While the vile statements seen coming from Mr. Galliano’s drunken lips on the Internet video deserved the  nearly-universal condemnation they were receiving, there is pathos in the vision of one of the world’s most famous — and  best paid — designers alone, clutching a glass in a bar. The pressure from fast fashion and from the instant Internet age to  create new things constantly has worn down other famous names. Marc Jacobs, design director of Louis Vuitton, ended a wild streak in rehab. Calvin Klein  famously rambled across a sports pitch and admitted to substance abuse. And the late Yves Saint Laurent spent a lifetime fighting his demons. ”

Art is not a democracy. It is not even egalitarian. It has always been a Hierarchical rule where “Talent” is the only acceptable currency in its elitist meritocracy. It is also an industry worth Trillions of dollars, with the most competitive environment in the world. To even enter the haute couture design world requires extrodinary talent. To be considered a Guru of design requires Genius. This is the Context of the Fashion world Galliano has survived in for the last 20 yrs!

Franca Sozzani: “I am against and I condemn any kind of racism or any behavior that shows  disrespect toward any religion. But I would like to say that I’m just as disgusted by these people  who saw what state John was in and took advantage of the situation by trading on his name and  notoriety. It’s obvious that this was a bit inauthentic in the sense that if you are truly fighting  with someone, you don’t have time to pick up a mobile phone, turn on the video GIGGLING and  mockingly film what he is saying. Exploiting someone’s notoriety to have your own moment of  fame is one of the most disgraceful and disloyal things one can do. Any famous person is open to  attack or insult, and it’s difficult to defend him when, as in this case, the news goes around the  world.”

Galliano issue has turned into a witch-hunt  e.g. putting his  gown worn by N.Kidman on the  worst dressed at the Oscar list  based on his alleged  hate crime. Why the judgement by Media?    Last  checked however flawed, France still have a  criminal system  in place. What’s more it  worries  me that in a long angry rant about  cheap shoes,  ugliness, bad manners & bad breath.. etc… in  the    official transcript, the one sentence that the  Tabloid  media  seized on was “I love Hitler”.  I  think to myself, “Hang on 1 sec, does any society have the right to start policing thoughts  inside a person’s head to this level of invasiveness?”

That, to me,  is more fascist  than e.g. if Galliano designed a  Farcical Tribute  to Hitler  collection.

Bridget Foley: “”The fashion world is in shock over the news of John Galliano, his dismissal from Dior and the inexplicable behavior that prompted it. The sadness equals the shock. With everyone together for collections in a twist of timing, there’s the aura of a wake after a sudden death. May this not offend those who love Alexander McQueen, but I feel not unlike I did last year when I learned the news of Lee’s death: One of our rare geniuses, a man of unique and irreplaceable talent, has destroyed his career. Coming on the front-end of the New York shows, McQueen’s death cast a dark shadow over the entire season; Galliano’s career crash casts a pall over Paris.”

Galliano obviously has a substance abuse problem. But what I find even more shocking is that on a day-to-day basis you can hear people making homophobic comments (while completely sober) and nobody bats an eyelash.  It is amazing how quickly gay bashing of Galliano occurred in the popular media  in the Tabloids.

Some people feel that the fashion world is a lot more complex than that and there are more important issues in the world than a drunk in a bar. The Fashion, Art & Design world has always sent out permissive mixed-messages about its business orientation and its socio-political pluralism.

So should we now close down Chanel because she sewed for Nazies  during WWII?  Do we also smash-up a few Picasso  because he was misogynist?  Should all Elvis album be  destroyed in Obama’s USA because he was racist  against  blacks? Leonard Bernstein  deserved to be blacklisted under  McCarthyism because he was “Red”? Lets burn some  books  while we are at it…and  Hmm…suddenly, this world looks a lot more “Fascist” in the  name of Thought  Policing  (disguised as Moral indignation)! I’m not going to buy into that.  You  have a right to feel disgusted. Galliano has a  right to say things that may or may  not  disgust you. I have a right to decide I’d rather look at 10 yrs of his work  instead of 20 sec  of a footage taken by a tourist in a Paris café generated by  Tabloid press!  Should we start  a “black  lists” now?”

Besides, there is just one major flaw in all this “media”  about the sacking of Galliano.  Dior needs a talented designer.  John Galliano does not need Dior to be  recognised as an artistic superstar of Haute couture. By firing him, Dior loses more than Galliano.  He was the rising star responsible for  the resurrection of Dior.

Well, here’s a dilemma before us all. Do we do “Art” by X-factor. take a vote on your  mobile  phone and  call in the hotline and vote  “Galliano” out  of the big brother  household! 😛  …or….look at his design  separate from  personal opinions and  decide,”Is this a  credible  piece of work? The mob  would say,” Lets  vote him out, we  know what we like and what we  don’t  like.” Then again,  there are people who  take  the argument about Artistic  freedom  very seriously. There are so many artists  with unpopular  views,  do we start to form a lynch mob and destroy the merit of  their work  based on a “popularity contest”?

Do we have to like the politics or the personality of an artists before we  are allowed to  appreciate his art?

16 comments on “John Galliano: Don’t buy into the “hate him, hate his talent” tabloid rant!

  1. Yahoo
    January 13, 2015

    Currently it appears like BlogEngine is the best blogging platform available right now.

    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

    • ceciliawyu
      January 14, 2015

      No. Its just the same old same old wordpress….but thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  2. hermes the god
    January 12, 2015

    jump to contentmy subredditswhat’s this?TROPHY CASE
    Never said I was good, but I rather be bad than be a doormat.
    hermes the god

    • ceciliawyu
      January 12, 2015

      You put your comment into the wrong comment box! You are talking about the Dexpark thing about Hermes doing dog collar for women…

      and wearing a dog collar doesn’t make you “bad”…it actually makes you a doormat…..S&M allusions aside…..

      Being “bad” is to be so comfortable with who you are…you don’t need goddam Hermes to Brand you, YOU Brand Hermes! Duh! 🙂

  3. johan
    February 26, 2014

    I hate the fact that john has been fired from dior. Raf simons is good but everything he does looks like rtw. Even his couture is like half of what johns rtw was like. He brought the eccentricity the mystery and the desire of made in paris come to life. I miss him so much. If I could ever meet him. Hobestly . The fantsasy of dior by galliano will stay with me forever

    • ceciliawyu
      February 26, 2014

      Raf is a good technician who performs like a solid car…John Galliano is a rare, talented design genius….unpredictable and gifted. Dior is sooo has been after him and before him….I forgot who they are already. 🙂

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  5. Holly Wood
    August 24, 2011

    I love Galliano’s art above all!!

    • ceciliawyu
      August 24, 2011

      Yes and I hope he gets the help he needed. I agree with Franca Sozzani whole-heartedly. Thank you for your comment and thinking about the issue more intelligently. 🙂

  6. redteddy
    March 15, 2011

    Look at all those divine designs. He’s a magical genius and it was wrong to write him off and discard of him as they did. An apology and long trip to rehab would have sufficed along with the 60 minute interview on 20/20 where he explains himself, his drinking and how so so sorry he is for his silly little rant. But hey the ADL is strong and god forbid anyone says something stupid about Jews. If he had said the same about blacks or asians there would have been a slap on the hand, a trip to rehab, a public apology and then back on the runway. Galliano is an artist and his work is greater than he is and holds more power than he does. Let his work speak for him and ignore the rest.

    • ceciliawyu
      March 15, 2011

      Hi there. Thanks for your comment. Yes, this issue has been very controversial. I can’t speculate on what the effect will be if he said something else…since he said what he said. But I do think that there is a Need to look at the situation in a more complex way and not just base the whole thing on Tabloids, making money out of it.

      However we can probably agree that Galliano is indeed an “artist” and a “design genius”. all the best.

  7. Madeleine Gallay
    March 5, 2011

    This is beautifully and passionately done. John needs help … and friends are there for him.

    • ceciliawyu
      March 5, 2011

      Thank you Madeleine. I don’t believe mass-stoning of JG fueled by tabloids is an appropriate way to judge anyone’s Artistic Talent.
      We all live in Glass-houses when it comes to flaws in our own personalities…

  8. ceciliawyu
    March 3, 2011

    I thought about your idea a bit more and decided to identify a few of the quotes where the designers themselves have already sent it out as a PR statement. Thanks Angela for your input!

  9. Angela
    March 2, 2011

    Be good to know who the quotes are by?

    • ceciliawyu
      March 2, 2011

      Hi Angela, thank you for reading. I deliberately left it out so that people can think about the ideas behind it instead of just go ,”Oh, this other famous person said this.” 🙂

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