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Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani Defends Galliano

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Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani is slamming the people who filmed John Galliano at a Parisian bar, saying they took advantage of the situation and his fame.

Franca wrote on Vogue Italia's website:

There’s been a lot said and written in the last few days about the episode that alleged John Galliano made racist comments toward patrons of a bar in Paris.

I’ll repeat what I said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph on February 25: 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.

Would these young people who have lashed out like this against John been so quick to make a video or call the police if he was not well-known? I don’t believe they would have. While I condemn John’s words, I think they were said in a certain moment when he wasn’t lucid. I am frightened by how quick these young people were to try to gain notoriety or money while destroying the image of a genius.

It's an inneresting argument, but the video was only released AFTER John was arrested and proved it wasn't just a one time incident.

Plus, seeing how much time Galliano spends in France he should know using anti-Semitic slurs are illegal.

[Image via News Pictures/WENN.]

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