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Bad PR: New York Post Mocks John Galliano’s ‘Orthodox’ Outfit

New York Post John GallianoWhile we agreed with Dior‘s decision to fire designer John Galliano in 2011 after his insensitive anti-Semitic rant, we also feel like the New York Post was reaching just a little bit with this headline despite the fact that they were able to collect angry quotes about the offending outfit from various New York Jewish leaders. Galliano’s publicist Liz Rosenberg (formerly with Madonna) could only throw up her hands and insist that the “accusations are not at all correct” because he’s worn the same outfit for years (and the hat, which is the only element of the ensemble that really resembles an Orthodox getup in the first place, was part of his brand’s 2012 menswear line).

But what’s a publicist to do? Unfortunately, no one is safe from the power of terrible pun-friendly headlines. But was “Schmuck!” really the best one they could write? The guy went to rehab and apologized thoroughly, for God’s sake.

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Dior Working With Kekst

Christian Dior, the iconic French fashion label that recently fired designer John Galliano after he was caught on tape making anti-semitic comments, is working with PR firm Kekst and Company on any matters related to this issue. The Hollywood Reporter says it contacted Dior and was directed to Kekst for comment, although a comment wasn’t included in the story. Dior has worked with Kekst for some time.

Dior took swift action in dismissing Galliano for his comments. But it looks like it’s also taking the extra precaution with its PR firm as well.

Galliano’s Dismissal, From a Branding Perspective

John Galliano was fired from Christian Dior and reaction is pouring in. On AllTwitter, our colleagues note the disappointment from fans, the joke from Steve Martin, and both the praise and skepticism over Natalie Portman‘s reaction. The Oscar winner is also the spokesperson for the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. In a statement, she expressed her “shock” and said she would not “be associated with Galliano in any way.”

In a sign of the disconnect between some members of the fashion world and everyone else, The Hollywood Reporter also took a summary of the reaction from designers, models, and members of the media. The article quotes Giorgio Armani: “I’m very very sorry for him. It’s obviously a difficult time for him. I am also very sorry that they videotaped him without him knowing.” Really?

No matter how sorry you do or don’t feel for Galliano, Dior did the right thing, Forbes maintains. We agree.

Update: Galliano issues an apology.

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