In case you’re wondering what it would take for someone to proclaim “I love Hitler” on-camera, apparently the answer is a “triple addiction” to alcohol, Valium and sleeping pills. Yeah, but even then….Ã‚Â John Galliano’s trial for anti-Semitism kicked off today in Paris, during which the former Dior designer claimed it was his substance abuse lead to his remarks, claiming, “I have a triple addiction. I’m a recovering alcoholic and a recovering addict. After every creative high,Ã‚Â I would crash and the alcohol helped me.” Alcohol, and giving mad props for the man behind the Holocaust, apparently.
As you may recall, John Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant featured the fashion icon ranting at fellow patrons at a cafe, declaring “People like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers would be fÃ¢â‚¬â€ing gassed,” in addition to giving a shout-out to the Fuhrer. Subsequently Dior fired Galliano, ostensibly to limit the public’s mental association between “couture evening gowns” and “the Holocaust.” Prosecutors would like him fined $14,400, as making “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” is illegal in France. However, depending on the findings of the jury, Galliano could be slapped with a fine of up to $33,000 and/or six months in prison. The designer says the person who made those comments, which he claims not to remember, was “the shell of John Galliano…someone who needs help.” Also, a sixth-grade history lesson.