Galliano Blames Booze And Drugs For Anti-Semitism

We’ve all probably done and said some pretty stupid things while wasted. But as stupid as former Dior designer John Galliano? Well … Galliano claims that the anti-Semitic rant he went on. which led to him being fired, was a result of booze and drugs. Galliano is on trial in Paris on public insult charges (a real thing in Paris) and, after being forced to watch the tape of himself saying “I love Hitler,” offered an apology. “I’m apologizing because that man you see up there is not John Galliano. I have no recollection of these events,” he said. “I read about them afterwards.” Galliano blamed his job with Dior for his exhaustion and drug use. “After every creative high, I would crash, and the drinking would help to escape,” he said. “My body was becoming used to the pills so my intake increased to an amount where I actually can’t remember how many I was taking. I had to sleep, so I would take sleeping pills to sleep, and sometimes I took sleeping pills in the day.”

Ah, the old sleeping pills-made-me-racist excuse. If found guilty, Galliano faces more than $14,000 in fines, though it seems the damage to his reputation has cost him way more than that already. [LA Times]