While we agreed with Dior‘s decision to fire designer John Galliano in 2011 after his insensitive anti-Semitic rant, we also feel like the New York Post was reaching just a little bit with this headline despite the fact that they were able to collect angry quotes about the offending outfit from various New York Jewish leaders. Galliano’s publicist Liz Rosenberg (formerly with Madonna) could only throw up her hands and insist that the “accusations are not at all correct” because he’s worn the same outfit for years (and the hat, which is the only element of the ensemble that really resembles an Orthodox getup in the first place, was part of his brand’s 2012 menswear line).
But what’s a publicist to do? Unfortunately, no one is safe from the power of terrible pun-friendly headlines. But was “Schmuck!” really the best one they could write? The guy went to rehab and apologized thoroughly, for God’s sake.