Well, no surprise here. Galliano certainly didn’t last long at Parsons. Just this past Sunday, Parsons The New School for Design, announced that John Galliano would be teaching a master class available only to seniors.
Not even a week later, a petition has already popped up on Change.org protesting the designer’s new teaching appointment. The petition, which currently has just under 200 signatures, argues that it’s “disgraceful” for the design school to hire the former designer, who just two years ago, was arrested and fired from Dior for making anti-Semitic slurs.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s 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,” the petition argues. “It shows they value him over their students’ respect, peace of mind, and heritage.”
An anonymous student wrote the petition, although I’m sure we can all assume that a Parsons student wrote it.
“We do not want money from our tuition going to this kind of person,” the petition continues. “We feel like we’ve been slapped in the face by our school.” It calls for Parsons to revoke Galliano’s post, asking signees to put their names to the following: “Anti-Semitic Fashion Designer John Galliano should not teach at the school as it undermines the school’s respect for their entire Jewish body.”
Parsons has released no official comment on the petition, beyond their original statement. Do you think Galliano should be given a second chance?
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