It’s been a big week for the Jews! Anti-semitism is in the news! And, on top of that, this week the Pope officially wrote (in an excerpt released from his book) that Jews did not kill Jesus (whew, thanks for clearing that up).
While I might be flippant about it here, it’s a big deal! Anything that help curb anti-semitism (and hate in general) is something to support.
However, the anti-Semites are getting big news too. Whether it’s Charlie Sheen, who is saying so much crazy stuff it’s hard to keep track of, or John Galliano.
It’s the Galliano incident that has prompted my subject line. For those of you not into fashion, Galliano was the designer at Dior until he was caught telling people that he “loved Hitler” and wished he had been more successful at gassing their relatives. When video was released (and I would post it but I don’t think it’s available on-line anymore), he was promptly fired.
Here’s the AP story:
While most people have been openly approving of this, (and even gal-pal and Super-Jew Natalie Portman has come out to say
I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video. 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. via
and she’s the spokesmodel for one of Dior’s perfumes right now) there are a few others who have come forward to criticize those “attacking” Galliano because he was drunk at the time he said these things.
To me, this is the questionable argument. No matter how plastered drunk I was I would never in a million years say what he said. Now, I’m Jewish, so maybe that makes this argument null. But, I wouldn’t say a similar statement say, about those whose ancestors were slaves. Or those whose ancestors were killed for any other reasons. In fact, I don’t care how angry I am, I don’t speak hate.
The same issue arose with Mel Gibson and there were people who came out to support him… but if it was your friend caught saying these things, would you stand up for them? Would you be caught doing it yourself?
So that’s my question, would you say something like this when drunk? Do you?
OR (less self-incriminating)
Do you think the fact that he was drunk is reason to forgive his actions at all?
*Also, I know I’m referring to these remarks as racist… it’s because it’s the easiest word to identify emotionally the feeling behind what he’s doing. Let’s save the discussion of whether or not Judaism can be considered a “race” and therefore whether or not anti-semitism is “racism” for another day, ok?