I’ve never been to Paris. I don’t know the ins and outs of Parisian culture except from what I’ve seen in Paris Je T’aime and learned in a French class I took last year. If there is one thing to be learned other than never-look-a-Frenchman-in-the-eye it’s that Parisians don't enjoy the same level of freedom of speech that Americans take for granted. As such, ex-Dior designer John Galliano may get six months in jail in addition to a $32,175 fine for allegedly making anti-Semitic comments in a French bar in February.

The Irish Times has now reported that Galliano does not recall the alleged racial slurs, but is all too apologetic just in case he offended anyone. He’s using the ole “I’m an alcoholic, pity me” excuse, which may get him out of jail time. “After every high there was a crash,” he told the court. “The drink would help me escape.”

So what in America would have just led to a solid ass-kicking will likely lead to a hefty fine and possibly some jail timein France. On the flip side, in America we have churches organizing protests at the funerals of fallen servicemen and women. Regardless, Galliano lost his livelihood with this incident, and only time will tell to see if he’ll be accepted back into the upper-crust fold of Parisian fashion design.

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