Natalie Portman Denounces John Galliano's Anti-Semitic Rant
After her victorious, emotional Oscar speech on Sunday, Natalie Portman has a less pleasant topic to discuss: Reports of anti-semitic comments and a shocking videotape starring Christian Dior designer John Galliano.
The star, who is the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, said in a statement: "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video." Adds the expectant mom, 29: "In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way."
"I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
In the shocking video, Galliano gets into a vile argument at a Paris cafe. He says, "I love Hitler," drops offensive epithets and makes references to people being "gassed."
Dior is now in the process of firing Galliano. The fashion house's president and CEO Sidney Toledano told WWD: "I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."