ADL: New York Post Story on John Galliano ‘A Complete Distortion’

New York, NY, February 13, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly criticized a story in today’s New York Post accusing fashion designer John Galliano of dressing in Hasidic garb, saying the story was “a complete distortion” and “at worst a deliberate, malicious distortion.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

The New York Post story is a ridiculous, absurd distortion.  There is no truth to their accusation that John Galliano was dressed in Hasidic garb, and anyone familiar with the dress of traditional Orthodox Jews should not mistake what Galliano is wearing in the photograph as “Hasidic garb.”  Hasidim do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie.

This is John Galliano being John Galliano.  His dress is always eccentric and his hair is always worn long.  This is, at the very least, ignorance on the part of the reporters and editors at the Post, or, at worst, a deliberate, malicious distortion in an effort to sell newspapers.

For the past year and a half, Mr. Galliano has been on a pilgrimage to learn from and grow from his mistakes.  Now people are trying to distort and destroy him.  He has spent hours with me and with others in the European Jewish community, including rabbis and Holocaust scholars, in an effort to better understand himself and to learn from his past mistakes.  He is trying very hard to atone.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.