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Parsons The New School for Design: Anti-Semitic Fashion Designer John Galliano should not teach at the school

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      Anonymous Anonymous

      United States

May 2013


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This is a person who was fired from Dior for his anti-semitic remarks, who Natalie Portman refused to work with because of his remarks, so why is Parsons The New School for Design hiring him?

“I love Hitler,” the 52-year-old slurred in a drunken rage in February 2011.
“People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f------ gassed,” Galliano said to a group of Italian and French diners he thought were Jewish, as one of them filmed him on a cell phone.

He was also arrested in France for allegedly harrassing a couple with anti-Semitic remarks before assaulting them. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/25/john-galliano-arrested-fo_n_828073.html)

Parsons The New School for Design plans to hire John Galliano for a 3-day workshop. It doesn't matter if its for three months or three days, hiring someone who has made such horrific comments shows that the school values Galliano over their entire Jewish student body. It shows they value him over their students' respect, peace of mind, and heritage.

It is disgraceful to hire someone who has made such inhumane comments. 

There should be no room for this kind of person as a staff member on the faculty at Parsons. Imagine if the school were hiring a person who publicly voiced support for the KKK — there would likely be backlash because it's not right to have someone like that teaching at a school. But because this is someone who has made anti-Semitic remarks, people are willing to look the other way. This is unnaceptable.

Please sign this petition and show Parsons that there are better people to hire for this position and that they, with so many students, should not have made a decision that upsets and disgraces so many students who call the school home.

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Parsons The New School for Design
Anti-Semitic Fashion Designer John Galliano should not teach at the school as it undermines the school's respect for their entire Jewish body.

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Paloma Etienne MADRID, SPAIN
      • 11 months ago

      J.G. is completely out of order.

    • Esther Appel FLORAL PARK, NY
      • 11 months ago

      A person with such bias should not be rewarded with a teaching assignment.

    • Dan Boscov-Ellen BROOKLYN, NY, NY
      • 11 months ago

      As a New School student, I find it disgusting that our institution cares more about prestige than shunning hate crimes. Whoever hired this scumbag ought to resign in disgrace.

    • Darren Klein FORT LEE, NJ
      • 11 months ago

      I am a student at The New School, and I strongly oppose the plan to hire John Galliano. I don't care if he is a great designer or not... hiring him would be in defiance of the values of The New School.

    • Bertram Gurin BRONX, NY
      • 12 months ago

      People of his mind sight do not

      need a platform, especially in a

      school situation. There are many worthwhile individuals to

      listen to. John Galliano is a waste of precious time.


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