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    Quote Originally Posted by Yehudi View Post
    Yeah. In the past, Natalie has never shied away from defending Israel
    At Harvard, Portman was Alan Dershowitz's research assistant. He also thanked her in his book "The Case for Israel".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    At Harvard, Portman was Alan Dershowitz's research assistant. He also thanked her in his book "The Case for Israel".
    I forgot she was a Harvard grad. It's just not fair! She has beauty, talent and brains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yehudi View Post
    Yeah. In the past, Natalie has never shied away from defending Israel and has taken stances that could certainly be controversial, so I don't think she would have hesitated to answer the question if allowed.
    About one of her controversial stances, I kinda wish she hadn't signed that Polanski petition. If her child is a girl, she's going to be feeling a bit weird when she turns 13.

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    I heard that awkward moment during Portman's press conference.

    Soon after Academy handlers escorted Portman backstage, a reporter asked her, "You’re a spokesperson for Dior’s Miss Dior Cheri fragrance. Why are you not wearing Dior tonight? And what do you think about Dior designer John Galliano recently being suspended for alleged assault and for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks?"

    Before Portman could answer, an Academy official interrupted, saying, "We're just going to move on."

    A murmur went through the assembled media in the room, but the exchange doesn't show up anywhere on the Academy's transcript, released late Sunday night.
    http://www.thewrap.com/node/25109

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    At Harvard, Portman was Alan Dershowitz's research assistant.
    Creating drama!

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    An update:


    Galliano issued a public apology for his behaviour "in causing any offence".
    Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society, he says in his statement.
    He checks into rehabilitation (for his drinking habits, not anti-semitic ideas).

    Nevertheless, according to the
    French public prosecutor, Galliano will go before a court where he could face up to six months in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted.

    link

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    This is odd….. In his earlier days he used to claim he is a descendant from Sephardic Jews in Spain, that his maternal grand-mother was Jewess from Spain who married a Catholic …

    He even dressed like a Hasidim for a while and created a number of outfits…..
    http://www.celebitchy.com/143792/joh...rchives_02_06/

    It is not a good idea to verbally attack strangers out of the blue, and shove chairs at people in cafes, and he deserves legal consequences.

    No gay man seriously “Loves Hitler” (never mind “Jewish”)…. One of the set-in-stone facts most gays do know is that Hitler intended to exterminate homosexuals.

    He had few more episodes of outrage where he insulted an Asian woman, called another woman ugly, etc…..

    But I am not sure he is a “hard core” anti-Semite, but rather a Loose-mouth Shtettle-boy from the Pale who thinks he is “golden” and has a right to yell what comes to mind and most offensive at the moment without any “ideology” attached to it….

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    ^ Tinami has nailed the hammer on the head. Props.
    "awwww....shades of Janet Lynn" - Dick Button on anyone who makes more than one mistake in their program.

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    The chair-thrower will be rich soon after milking the well-off Galliano.

    Dior will be fine too, thanks to the brilliant PR campaign. As well as their faithful customers like myself.

    Everybody's happy!

    Almost. But I am sure Galliano will recover eventually. Sounds cynical, I know.

    Btw, since the youtube link in OP is dead by now, on the site of The Sun, that was the first one to publish the video methinks, the video is still available (homepage-search "Galliano"). It was enough for Galliano's dismissal. As for the criminal trial, the French court has to find the video an admissible evidence since the private recording was done without Galliano's agreement. I wonder what the juridical outcome will be.
    Last edited by let`s talk; 03-06-2011 at 01:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    I forgot she was a Harvard grad. It's just not fair! She has beauty, talent and brains.
    Life is like that. One of my best friends from High School is a former model, was class valedictorian, went to Northwestern, married a great guy with major family money (who also makes his own good money), and now lives in Amsterdam as a top executive for a major fashion label.

    And while I'm also married to a great guy, I'm hardly as popular or smart, and certainly we are just struggling to make ends meet and never get to travel anymore. Her life is sybaritic, and mine is nothing but struggle.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    Life is like that. One of my best friends from High School is a former model, was class valedictorian, went to Northwestern, married a great guy with major family money (who also makes his own good money), and now lives in Amsterdam as a top executive for a major fashion label.

    And while I'm also married to a great guy, I'm hardly as popular or smart, and certainly we are just struggling to make ends meet and never get to travel anymore. Her life is sybaritic, and mine is nothing but struggle.
    You have your ipod broadcast that let you interview and meet famous skaters. That's not shabby .

    To quote Tim Gunn: "Make it happen."

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    You have your ipod broadcast that let you interview and meet famous skaters. That's not shabby .

    To quote Tim Gunn: "Make it happen."
    Working on it. If I could make the $300,000+ that she makes, I think I'd feel a lot better about things!
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    Dior, with zero-tolerence policy regarding race and religion, suspended Galliano from his responsibilities.


    With so many people out there who think attacking others based on race, religion, ethnicity, physical ability, gender or sexual orientation should be protected speech because their words should be considered as merely politically incorrect and not - as they are - hate speech, MAD PROPS to Christian Dior.

    Galliano and a$$holes everywhere.

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    The drift of this thread reminded me of a guy who graduated a year behind me in high school. He played Division 1 football on a scholarship, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, went to the NFL for seven years, graduated from law school, was a tv football commentator, NPR commentator and is a successful fiction writer. He had a network TV show and coaches high school football in his "spare" time.

    After all these years, I still shake my head at what he has been able to accomplish. The wildest thing is that he was adopted into a very average working class family. I'm sure at times his parents must have thought he came from Mars!

    Galliano is a first class a hole.

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    ^^^This post would find a good home on the James Franco thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie View Post
    The drift of this thread reminded me of a guy who graduated a year behind me in high school. He played Division 1 football on a scholarship, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, went to the NFL for seven years, graduated from law school, was a tv football commentator, NPR commentator and is a successful fiction writer. He had a network TV show and coaches high school football in his "spare" time.

    After all these years, I still shake my head at what he has been able to accomplish.
    Not that the first three aren't extremely impressive on their own, but it's easier to go to law school, have a tv show and write a book when you have the money from the NFL and commentating gigs.

    A lot of really successful people do a ton of successful projects, but they have the means and luxury to hire people to help out and/or take time off to complete them. The majority of us don't have that.

    If I had the money, I'd go back to school for more degrees and write on the side too.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manleywoman View Post
    Not that the first three aren't extremely impressive on their own, but it's easier to go to law school, have a tv show and write a book when you have the money from the NFL and commentating gigs.

    A lot of really successful people do a ton of successful projects, but they have the means and luxury to hire people to help out and/or take time off to complete them. The majority of us don't have that.

    If I had the money, I'd go back to school for more degrees and write on the side too.
    Allison, you know you're one of my role models. You've done great things for graphic design, marketing, and figure skating. Keep up the good work.

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    Awww shucks. Thanks. I needed that.
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post

    To quote Tim Gunn: "Make it happen."
    And to quote Jean-Luc Picard: "Make it so".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eden View Post
    An update:


    Galliano issued a public apology for his behaviour "in causing any offence".
    Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society, he says in his statement.
    He checks into rehabilitation (for his drinking habits, not anti-semitic ideas).

    Nevertheless, according to the
    French public prosecutor, Galliano will go before a court where he could face up to six months in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted.

    link
    I saw a friend who works in fashion in London last week and mentioned the story and he rolled his eyes and said Galliano is well known for racist rants and has done so many times before and things have been "hushed up". He said he was happy that it had all come come to light but he also doubts it will be a problem for his career, someone else will offer him a job and he will conitnue to do well

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