Patricia McAllister, the ignorant LAUSD substitute math teacher bigot who was
at Occupy Los Angeles by saying
the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and the Federal Reserve, which is not run by the Federal Government, they need to be run out of this country
has joined the ranks of the 12.7% of Angelenos who are unemployed. Tuesday the Los Angeles Unified School District fired McAllister. LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy issued the following statement:
As Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I want to emphasize that we condemn the remarks made recently by Patricia McAllister.Her comments, made during non-work time at a recent protest rally, were her private opinions and were not made in the context of District services. At LAUSD, we recognize that the law is very protective of the freedom of speech rights of public employees when they are speaking as private citizens during non-working time.
I further emphasize to our students, who watch us and look to us for guidance, to be role models and to represent the ideals by which LAUSD lives, that we will never stand for behavior that is disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory.
As a day-to-day substitute teacher, Ms. McAllister was an at-will employee. As of today, she is no longer an employee of the LAUSD.
Meanwhile, Fox News LA gave McAllister’s views plenty of airtime after spotted her at the LAUSD rally Tuesday, and tried to tar Occupy with a bigot brush, attmepting get someone from Occupy to speak for all of Occupy about fringe groups , free speech and the rare un-PC signage at Occupy. The reporter got frustrated when the opinions expressed were not group speak; meanwhile, back at the Fox studio, the anchors were outraged and disgusted by McAllister.
It was surreal today to watch a fashion shoot in the middle of Occupy LA, but there it was. A collective of Los Angeles designers had a sent a male model down with photographers for a photo shoot.
Meanwhile, last night some of the sprinklers had gone off, and some of the Occupiers got wet, while others had moved to the sidewalk. No one was arrested. In fact no one has been arrested, period.
I was walking by the media tent and got called over to fill in for a minute or two on the Occupy LA livestream which was scary but fun and showed me how hard the gig is and kudos to the folks who do such a good job with it!
Terry the Solar Lady (aka the Sun Goddess) was busy at work in the solar tent planning Saturday’s talent for the big Occupy LA rally and fest at 1 pm on the City Hall lawns, after a march through the financial district which begins at noon at Pershing Square as part of the Global Day of Solidarity. Terry runs a non-profit organization called Power of Green LA:
a collective of organizations and individuals committed to creating Green & Sustainable approaches to Community Outreach, Employment Service, Intervention, Urban Renewal, as well as Emergency Response.
She and her team have set up the whole media tent and the public address system with solar energy. In the meantime Power of Green LA employs people to install solar panels and trains people to install their own panels, along with running workshops, a food bank, a hip hop collective, and generally making Los Angeles a better place.
There is voter registration and a chess club is now in place. in front of the fountain on the south lawn. And there is a volunteer laundry service! Friday a group of stand up comics brought in by Josh Androsky performed and will be back on Saturday along with much more entertainment including live music from local bands beginning at 1pm at City Hall, plus lots of people to talk with. So come on down!
One of the faux-memes Limbaugh and others have been pushing is that Occupy is anti-Semitic, which is kinda like the left picking one the Tea Party morans who misspell their signs, say racist things, or think the moon landing was faked, or Obama was born in Kenya. There are fringe groups or idiots in every group who are low hanging fruit for the opposition. At Occupy there are some people like the LaRouche-ites who are um, crazy or regurgitating whacked conspiracy theories without bothering to think for a minute about how goofy they are, and how such thinking plays into the hands of the people they are protesting. Some Occupiers despair at Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians.
So I asked a lady visitor who was chatting with an Occupier and planning to march on Saturday about her thoughts on anti-Semitism at Occupy LA. Here’s what Marsha Steinberg had to say:
Meanwhile Galliano’s own show was underattended. And the clothes were astoundingly beautiful, as this photo demonstrates. That Galliano is sublimely talented is clear. But whether he can weather his stormy anti-Semitism screeds is another matter. Granted, there are vast number of people –famous and otherwise– who have said incredibly horrific things under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and regretted them deeply once sober.
One fashion insider who was in Paris for the shows, and asked to remain anonymous said they have never known the designer to be anti-Semitic and doesn’t believe he truly is, adding that in their belief
He was goaded, egged on and is very troubled…And I do feel that with the death of McQueen and now Galliano who may never work again, the brilliance of creativity is dimming in Paris.
But business is business. And if art can redeem a sinner, and the market will bear it, Galliano may be back.
Could designer John Galliano actually work again in this town, even after he was fired from his post as Dior’s creative director for making anti-Semitic remarks at a couple, assaulting the woman and declaring
I love Hitler
On video? In cafe? More than once? This was the third time, on Thursday before the Oscars, that Galliano has been accused of–or caught–making anti-Semitic remarks. The man and woman involved in Thursday incident filed a complaint with the police and Galliano was arrested; making anti-Semitic remarks is illegal in France and punishable by 6 months in jail.
Natalie Portman, the face of the Dior perfume Miss Cherie, who wore a Rodarte maternity gown to the Oscars and was born in Israel, made her position clear today in a firmly worded statement:
I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced.
In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.
I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.
Needless to say, Galliano was booted within minutes. On Monday Dior had suspended the designer–named British designer of the year four times–for the charges of allegedly calling gallery owner Geraldine Bloch:
a dirty Jew face
pulling her hair, and saying she should be killed. He also insulted her looks, clothing and virtue:
You’re so ugly I can’t bear looking at you. You’re wearing cheap boots, cheap thigh boots. You’ve got no hair, your eyebrows are ugly, you’re ugly, you’re nothing but a whore.
and allegedly made racist remarks about her boyfriend who is of Asian origin adding
I’ll kill you.
Will rehab be enough to get stars wearing his clothes again? (Actually, Nicole Kidman wore a Galliano dress at the Oscars, but to be charitable, maybe she hadn’t heard the news yet). Dior will not cancel their show March 4 during Paris Fashion Week, though there is no word if Galliano will make his classic end of show appearance in which he declares:
It would be more dramatic if he were absent, having gone into a program to treat whatever is going on.
Lots of stars go into rehab and come out with the public’s best wishes for a comeback.
Mel Gibson entered rehab in 2006 after his DUI followed by anti-Jewish remarks tossed out to the arresting officer. Last year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had Mel introduce Inglorius Basterds at the Golden Globe after Ricky Gervais heartily mocked him, which to me was a direct “fuck you” to the actor–or his own attempt at a mea culpa/”love me again” moment. I am torn about which.
Oh, and Charlie Sheen–the new face of crazy who could teach John Galliano a few things about rehab (and maybe the designer could help Sheen resurrect his loungewear designs he was developing over a decade ago during one of his stints, I think it was while in Promises Malibu)–says in his ABC interview he is not an anti-Semite for calling Two and Half Men creator Chuck Lorre by his Hebrew name Chaim and real last name of Levine. Sheen wondered that if someone calls him by his given name, Carlos Estevez, are they being
Sheen, unlike Galliano and Gibson, was—according to him–sober at the time of his remarks.
It remains to be seen if the excuse of drunkenness and the redemption of rehab are enough to save Galliano’s career. But Patrica Field–best known as the stylist for Sex and the City–is already sticking up for tipsy tailor, telling Women’s Wear Daily:
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. 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.