Natalie Portman “Will Not Be Associated” with John Galliano

Natalie Portman

The fallout from John Galliano‘s Charlie Sheen moment” continues: actress Natalie Portman, who won a Best Actress Oscar Sunday (February 27) for “Black Swan,” has denounced the British fashion designer for anti-Semitic comments he apparently made in a video posted on The Sun‘s website. Galliano is the creative head of the Christian Dior (though he’s currently suspended), and Portman holds an endorsement deal with the company.

Portman said, in a statement (via the New York Times), “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.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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