Mar 6, 2011

How Viral Videos can Make or Break you

Fashion designer, John Galliano
It's only natural that at times, we don't think before we speak. Even though we like to think we give ourselves a moment or two to gather our thoughts---sometimes that bit of time passes us by.

In recent fashion news, John Galliano, a designer for the high-end french label, Dior, was exploited in a video drunk, making anti-Semitic comments and saying how he loved Hitler. (You can see the video as in the link below)

Naturally, when a celebrity does something out of line and it is caught on video or pictures, it is set in stone that it will become viral.
Because of that video, Dior ultimately fired Galliano and he will be facing charges that could lead, if found guilty, to 6 months in prison & a hefty fine of about $30,000 (in American form).
But say that video hadn't leaked---sure it happened, but the video never hit the internet or any other form of media. Would Galliano still be with Dior today? I think yes.

Image is everything, especially when you are in the eye of the public. As I have previously ranted in my other posts, it seems like people are just waiting to catch a star at their worst moment and then claim them to be a terrible person over all.
If we look at John Galliano, pre-video leak, we would only know him for his wonderful work as a designer. He's dressed everyone from Princess Diana to Heidi Klum, was named "one of the most influential gay people in Britian" in 2007, and in 2009, was admitted to the French Legion of Honour (which is the highest honor in France).
He's done work for years & just because of 1 viral video, he lost his job. It broke the designer.

Of course I'd like to take the time to also say this happened rightfully so. If Dior had kept him, I think that would have given the PR crew a major headache and the brand would've become tarnished real fast and would've eventually led him to be fired anyways. He also has a history of abusing alcohol which I think majorly hurt him since he was drunk when the video was made.

In terms of viral videos "making a person", Justin Bieber is a prime example of such a thing. Videos of him on Youtube playing instruments and singing led to big-time artist/producer, Usher, giving the boy a contract. Look at him now---he's famous, all the girls want him, he's probably even the youngest child artist to have made it so big so quick.

So next time, think before you speak & think before you do, because you never know if it might end up viral. && as we all know, once it's on the internet, it never exactly is "erased". On the note of viral, Saturday Night Live, SNL, did a skit encasing the most hated people at the moment, and you can guess who's on it....

A lot has happened since I last blogged about John Galliano's drunk viral video where he insulted the Jewish community.  I did a pipe to feed me some news revolving around the incident to see if I could catch some new news or even news I didn't catch before. 

So what's happened with Mr. Galliano?

Well not only did Galliano get fired from Dior but also his very own label!  Ouch.  I also previously mentioned that John Galliano has had a problem with alcohol abuse in the past and that this was a representation of a ghost that returned to haunt him.  Instead of being at Paris Fashion Week (which is a REALLY big deal amongst fashionistas everywhere), Galliano was at the Meadows Rehabilitation facility in Arizona.  It is the very same rehab facility that Sir Elton John and Donatella Versace had once checked into so its had some celebrity clientele.  It was said that Galliano was deeply upset he had to miss Paris' fashion week, especially his own show, and felt that everything he has created during his fashion empire reign, was going to get washed away from him. 
I do feel sorry for Mr. Galliano because he's in this position where he has ruined his own fashion name because he gave into a weakness of his that he's been trying to avoid for years.  However, at the same time, he is a grown man, a 50 year old grown man, and if he cannot control what he does or what he says, then he shouldn't be in the public view. 
How is everyone in our world supposed to get along and accept one another for their differences, whether its looks, culture, or anything else, when the people we admire and that are in the public view can't be supportive of that movement?

My thoughts are with Mr. Galliano, but they are a mixture of disappointment and disgust.


  1. Very true! I really agree with your points about the permanency of modern media. Be careful what you say, because in the digital age, chances are it will stick around forever. I had heard of this story in passing sometime last week, but wasn't sure of the details until I read this. Wow, that is quite a story. I love fashion, but haven't been keeping up with it lately, so all of your post was quite informative!

  2. Although you can't really compare Justin Bieber's talents to that of John Galliano's, Bieber's PR angle is and will be more sophisticated because his whole "make" was influenced by the media. Galliano's "make" was through a designer form, but due to the media coverage of the viral video, he was rightly let go. Dior's PR team is doing fairly well at covering this up. Thanks for the update!