Natalie Portman, who wore Rodarte to pick up her Academy Award despite her status as a Dior spokeswoman, has issued a statement condemning Dior chief designer John Galliano’s Paris rant in praise of Hitler. Via Cathy Horyn at the New York Times, Ms. Portman (born in Jerusalem) wrote:
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. 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.”
Ms. Portman speaks out after a journalist’s question regarding Portman’s choice of Rodarte over Dior was stopped short and stricken from the record in the Oscars press room (though she did not wear Dior dresses to the Golden Globes or SAG Awards either). No details are yet known about the actress’s contract with Dior, which has her modeling for the perfume Miss Dior Cherie; Ms. Portman’s phrasing that she will not be associated with Mr. Galliano could leave the perfume ads (a commercial is seen below) intact after the designer’s suspension from Dior.
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