Patricia Field went all out today defending John Galliano by sending an email blast to 500 friends, blogs and media.
In a phone interview this afternoon, Field described Galliano’s controversial videotaped behavior as “farce” and said she was bewildered that people in the fashion community have not recognized it as such.
“People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theater every season. That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theater or in a movie,” she said. “John lives in theater. It’s theater. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ singing Springtime for Hitler.”
Field said Galliano was “acting out a character.” She said she can not understand how people who come to his shows and are entertained by him season after season don’t recognize that the recent incidents were another form of theater.
“They don’t even see the farce in it. Fashion people who know him have not come forward. They know his theater,” she said. “Believe me — my name is Field — my stepfather was Jewish.” Fields said she left a voice mail for Galliano but has yet to speak with him.
She said she felt she had to blast as many people as knows to tell them who Galliano is especially if they don’t know him. Her message, which was entitled “IN PRAISE OF JOHN GALLIANO,” is also posted on Facebook. It reads “Beauty, intelligence and energy would describe John as I know him. Where in this trilogy could one find hate? I ask you! My second question is…What exactly did he say? And the third is…What is really going on here??”