June 22, 2011
In reaction to former Christian Dior designer John Galliano’s lawyers’ defense that he was intoxicated or drugged at the time when he made his vicious anti-Semitic remarks, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said:
“Just as in the case of actor Mel Gibson, this argument does not wash. There’s an old Yiddish proverb: Vos bei a nichteren oif dem lung, iz beim shikker oif der tsung - What a sober man thinks, a drunkard speaks. A better defense would be, ‘I said it, I meant it, it won’t happen again, and I am truly sorry.’”
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