It has been over a month since John Galliano anti-Semitism and anti-Asian scandal broke out. Perhaps this was the loudest scandal in the fashion world in the last 25 years and given the breadth of news coverage this story tops as the loudest ever. Since February 25th when first news came out many things happened for John. He was fired by Dior practically on the spot after his arrest for the drunk-and-offend behavior. His collection presentation at Paris Fashion Week was cancelled. New evidence in form of video (posted here) from another similar incident was uncovered and again blew out the press. John Galliano has checked into a rehab to get treatment for alcoholism and anger management. But what everyone was waiting for has not happened yet – an apology! John has very vaguely admitted his alcohol issues through the lawyer. Just before the video was made public, he denied that incident has even taken place. He never gave an official interview explaining himself or issuing an official statement of apology. Is now too late?
While wondering how far this can go we dug several similar incidents where our beloved celebrities have saved their shaky reputation by apologizing on time.
On July 28, 2006 Mel Gibson was arrested for speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. During the arrest he has made anti-Semitic remarks that included a file language and blaming Jews for “all the wars in the world”. Gibson was released on bail the following morning at 9 am and very same day, on July 29, 2006 issued a sincere lengthy apology admitting his wrongdoings, unacceptable behaviour and acknowledging that what he said was wrong. He said “… I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said and I apologize to anyone who I have offended …”. A few days later, on August 1, 2006 Gibson apologized again specifically for anti-Semitic remarks and offered to meet with leaders of the Jewish community to affect healing.
Since the unrest Mel Gibson has given many interviews discussing his health and anger issues. While his life was never the same and his career was recovering very slowly, people today seem to have forgiven him and no longer bring the anti-Semitic issue to the table when discussing his other, very turbulent personal or career affairs. His new movie The Beaver with Jodie Foster is scheduled to be released to theatres on May 20, 2011.
On January 13, 2005 The Sun, a popular British Newspaper has published a photo of Prince Harry wearing swastika to his friends’ costume party. This was a beginning of the loudest anti-Semitic scandal of the modern Royal Family. Just two days later, Price Harry issued an official apology “I am very sorry if I caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologise.” Despite, there have been threats to deny the Price enrolment to the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as well as world-wide criticism of Harry’s behaviour and even overall association of the Royal Family to Nazis. New historical facts were publicized including Duke of Windsor visit to Germany as personal guest of Hitler in 1937. The Queen herself had to step in and apologize on the Families behalf. Harry was still accepted to Sandhurst and successfully graduated since. However, just in 2009 a new scandal broke out when a voice recording from 2006 military training was unveiled. On the recording Price Harry issues very offensive anti-Arab statements in the address of his Pakistani Army colleague. Apology was issued immediately. Today Price Harry is very active charity campaigner splitting the time between army duties and humanitarian activities. After the announcement that he is set to be a best men at his brother’s wedding, Harry’s reputation is on the steep recovery.
In February of 2009, a group picture of Miley Cyrus and friends posing slanting their eyes went viral. Despite that she was not the only one doing the grimace and even there actually was one Asian in the centre of the group, Miley Cyrus undergone a massive media criticism for the photo. Organization of Chinese Americans found the photo officially offensive and one lady sued Miley for $4 billion dollars. Just two days after the photo was released Miley apologized in her own teen way “I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context! In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity!” Her life went on since and reputation recovered through her active charity campaigning for cancer, a new music album “Can’t Be Tamed” and movie appearance.
A Few More
There have been more racial scandals in the past 25 years, among them Michal Richards making most obnoxious racial statements to date, made in his November 17, 2006 live comedy performance. Apology issued at David Letterman show. Sharon Stone has been involved in anti-Asian scandal when she, despite her presumably Mensa-level IQ score, offended Chinese people days after worst earthquake of decade, in 2008. She offered her explanation to the reason of the earthquake by saying that it is bad Karma because “they” (Chinese) are not nice to her friend Dalai Lama (Tibetan). She has not apologized and her Dior ads were torn down from Chinese malls immediately and movies banned from Chinese cinemas.
Given these few stories we wonder when John Galliano will step out and issue his sincere and official apologies. Now it’s been almost 2 months and even though his collection of Galliano prescription glasses released in Spring of 2011, perhaps by legacy agreements, his other creative business halted.