John Galliano’s case is more than a politically incorrect statement

In today’s world of booming media and speedy communication, increasing importance is placed on political correctness. Once a high-profile personality makes a problematic statement, things can quickly spin out of control.

The recent incident with John Galliano, former head designer of French fashion house Dior, unfolded like a whirlwind. The 50-year-old British designer was arrested on Feb. 24 for allegedly using anti-Semitic and racist insults in a verbal accost with a couple in a Paris bar, according to AFP. Police said his blood alcohol level was several times over the legal limit for driving (which is 0.05 in France). Continue reading

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‘No Strings Attached’ leaves audience hanging

Unattached is how I feel after seeing the latest rom-com starring swan queen Natalie Portman and goofy leading man Ashton Kutcher. As the title suggests, the movie directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, My super ex-girlfriend) revolves around two main characters becoming involved in a playful “friends with benefits” sort of relationship. Or so they thought.

Emma (Portman) is spurred into the relationship because it is convenient for her medical resident’s 80-hour work week schedule. She barely has enough time to take care of her appearance (although Portman is made to look mystifyingly beautiful despite the slouchy hospital scrubs and uncombed hair), let alone date. Emma is also drawn to the rendezvous because she is emotionally closed off and hostile toward romance. Continue reading