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Adam Lambert Defends Designer John Galliano Despite Antisemitic Remarks

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A few weeks ago, designer John Galliano was tried in court after going on antisemitic tirades on two separate occasions at a Paris restaurant back in October 2010 and March 2011. Although people have had a hard time forgiving the designer, who claims he was intoxicated the night of the rants and has no memory of the incidents, glam-pop singer Adam Lambert is hoping everyone will forgive and forget about the controversy surrounding the fashion guru.

Lambert posted his thoughts on Galliano to his Twitter account recently. The ‘If I Had You’ singer wrote, “Galliano: BRILLIANT designer screwed up and said offensive things.When can we forgive him and move on? LOVE his clothes. And I’m a born Jew!” A fan later asked, “So making gorgeous clothes makes it okay for him to be an a—hole? I don’t get it.” Lambert responded, “@jenepherre not at all… But just cuz he’s (was) an a—hole, that means I can’t wear his gorgeous clothes? #policalcorrectnessquestions.”

The incidents Lambert is referring to are two occasions when Galliano made several antisemitic remarks on separate occasions. BBC described the incidents: “[Galliano] harangued museum curator Geraldine Bloch about being Jewish, in the February incident. He also hurled racist insults at her friend, who is of South Asian origin, for 45 minutes before police came to break up the argument, the court heard. In a third incident, prosecutors also showed the court an amateur video of Galliano, while drunk, declaring a love for Hitler.”

The British fashion designer, 50, claimed he was extremely stressed when he made the remarks and was struggling with an addiction to alcohol, Valium, and sleeping pills. He apologized to all parties whom he offended, saying, “They are not views that I hold or believe in. I apologize for the sadness this whole affair has caused.”

According to the BBC, Galliano was charged with “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” and was tried in court on June 22. He was recently sentenced — his crimes carried a penalty of up to six months in jail — and the designer was issued a fine of $8,400.

What do you think? If you had the dough to spend on a Galliano piece, would you hesitate before purchasing it based on his remarks? Or would you be like Adam Lambert, and forgive the designer for his remarks and still recognize his immense talent? Leave us a comment below sharing your thoughts.

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