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Banging on about the Smoking Ban

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I'm not much interested in fashion, so I wasn't in the least bit bothered when I heard that Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano had been fired for making antisemitic remarks.

And so it was largely by accident that I finally watched this heavily-edited video of him making the remarks. What I saw was astonishing.

Galliano, as best I could make out, was sitting at night outside a Paris restaurant, and he was smoking. I've captured one of the relevant frames below. You can see the cigarette quite clearly.

john galliano

This completely changed my understanding of what had happened. Because, in fact, Galliano doesn't make any antisemitic remarks at all. He just tells the people at his immediately neighbouring table that they and and their mothers and their forefathers would be dead, and that they would have been gassed. There's nothing specifically antisemitic about that. Jews are not the only people who have ever been gassed.

The other thing which is quite clear is that the video records only part of what is clearly part of a longer conversation, during which Galliano seems to have taken a deep dislike of the people at a neighbouring table, and not because they are Jewish. Why did he take such a dislike to them?

My guess, for what it's worth, is that they complained that he was smoking. And Galliano, already deeply unhappy at having to shiver outside in the cold, and exhausted from just having completed his latest collection - which was due to be launched this last Monday - simply snapped and wished them and their mothers and their forebears had all been gassed.

Just like I would.

Because I hate these motherfucking antismoking bastards equally as much. Why, only a couple of days ago I was suggesting an eugenic programme to rid the world of them.

The EU smoking-ban-in-waiting calls for shock trials of high profile dissidents. I'm now wondering whether John Galliano may be the first of these. Except he won't be prosecuted for smoking, but for making 'antisemitic' remarks. Which would be quite typical of the way these mofos indirectly and deceitfully set about their aims.


I think that the smoking community should adopt Galliano as one of their own, as one of their dear and beloved sons. And anyway, we could do with a few fashion designers. And Kate Moss (another smoker, as you can see below) has asked him to design her wedding dress.

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I've been thinking how useful it would be for we unrighteous if some big name movie director decided to show everyone in Hollywood how against-the-grain cool he was by producing a movie slamming the anti-smoking and obesity movements. Maybe they could theme it around Prohibition with a new twist.

Michael Moore comes to mind, he's really overweight. He's probably too far Left though. Clint Eastwood, despite his ever-cigar smoking spaghetti western characters, reportedly doesn't like smoking. I read where he said that if you look closely, the cigar is rarely lit in his scenes. Quentin Tarantino maybe.

It could have a mighty impact - the medium is the massage. There's probably a clause in the Master Settlement Agreement or the FCTC prohibiting such a movie though.

Not as high profile perhaps, but South Park did a superb episode slamming the anti-smoking brigade. It's calledButt Out if you're interested in streaming it.

Michael Moore would be a good choice. I actually sent him a copy of my book some time ago to see if he would be interested in this topic for a documentary. You've reminded me to follow that up

Do follow up on that Rich. Two Thumbs up from me. I love it, Smoke Screens - The Movie, and why not?

And you've reminded me to visit your site. I had somehow managed to overlook the guest post by Juliette Tworsey. Splendid piece and the comments were spot on, too. She's great and Firebug has new fan here. It really hit close to home.

Are you going to blog about your impressions of the state of our state? You really hit a patch of the warm winter weather we're known for, if I recall correctly. As I've related to Frank before, the main reason I stay on here despite the Nanny Gestapo - it's the weather.

The blog has been neglected lately, been updating the book and snowed under with work and enjoying sightseeing.

I'll probably do a blog about the state of the states. Definitely had warm weather, it's been lovely here.

I wonder if you're right about what set him off tho I wouldn't make him a hero.. He does, atter all, say "I love Hitler"....

(see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmBf_G8FIRo&feature=related )

....but in one of several versions I screened-- and will try to find again-- I thought I heard one of the women he's dumping on mumble the word "smoking."... On the other hand, in another take that shows him entering the restaurant, it looked to me as though other people were smoking-- and inside, too. This was, after all, in the Marais where they may feel freer to foutre the law.

He does, atter all, say "I love Hitler"....

He does indeed. But that doesn't make him antisemitic either.

Of course, there may be another bit of footage in which he does say something genuinely antisemitic. Maybe one of the bleeped words is antisemitic. I simply haven't heard it yet.


If I may go slightly off topic for a second and learn something about the UK in the process:

I noticed that one of Mark Wadsworth's team members is known as The Sage of Muswell Hill.

What is the significance of Muswell Hill?

When I played lead guitar in a band, two of the songs I insisted on our performing were 20th Century Man and Muswell Hillbillies by the Kinks, both for their great rock beats and especially because I loved the lyrics.

Muswell Hillbillies contains this memorable refrain:

"They're putting us in identical little boxes
No character just uniformity
They're trying to build a computerised community
But they'll never make a zombie out of me"

I might be taking this out of context but a computerised community pretty well describes the internet and this song was written in 1971.

An old friend showed up at my doorstep one day wearing a blinking Bluetooth headset whilst holding an i-phone in his hand. As we tried to carry on a proper conversation, we kept getting interrupted by his gadgets. I gave up, made up an excuse that I had to leave, and bid him good day.

I thought to myself how my friend had become a computer zombie and immediately flashed on that old Muswell Hillbillie refrain.

The computerised community (internet) had indeed made a zombie (automaton) out of him.

Or perhaps Ray Davies was referring to an English, planned-suburban, computerised community in this vein:

Visitors to a new tourist attraction which has recently opened at Cadbury World in Birmingham will have the opportunity to create their own computerised village community guided by the one hundred ...

Now I know what an ASBO is - truly Orwellian.

I think you hit the nail on the head. Sitting outdoors in the table near him the people probably started doing the famous fake-coughing and hand gesturing movements and when that didn't intimidate their victim, they began talking loud enough to be heard by everyone how they "hate smokers" and "people who smoke shouldn't be allowed in public" and so on. The victim of this attack probably turned to remind them that if it wasn't for those who fought for freedom in the last world war, then smoking along with being Jewish among a whole list of others, would have long been abolished or exterminated, which is the Truth. Since the Truth in this concern is not permitted to be reality, then the media stepped in to cut, paste and edit the tape down to manufacture a smear against the victim to the chagrin of whoever higher up is the financier of this anti-smoking worldwide dictatorship coming into plain focus. The airing on TV and internet will get just a few seconds glances, enough for the lie to become artificial truth in the viewers' minds and everyone will put their noses back to the grindstone of making this whole world dictatorship a smashing success until everything false is true and everything true is false. I think you hit the nail on the head, this is exactly what happened that night.

I should say to the chagrin of the victim but to the delight of the persons engineering their dictatorial coup.

Pillocks in Paris

Further more, I notice that Galliano has long hair- so that's another black mark against him. The 'offended' party probably looked upon him as a bum or something. Moronic - It's Paris for God's sake.
- I would have just said 'Fuck off!' ;-)

Mr Davis,
Here's one for your smoking makes you ugly and poor section.


Whether or not he's anti-semitic, what's troubling is that the thought police can fine and jail him for a comment at a cafe. And that a couple of people at a next table w/ a cell phone can smash his career and cause his arrest. I do, however, assume that he is. Anti-semitic. For example, not being homophobic, it wouldn't have occurred to me if he'd complained about my smoking, to point out the similarly truthful fact that Hitler would have gassed him, or that contemporary middle east Imams would stone him.

I thought exactly the same as you when the Times columnist Carol Midgley pointed out he was smoking. Shame we don't get the whole conversation.

Reading the DT over my morning coffee, I happened across this! Good for Kate - she's becoming something of an icon for the smokers! Shock horror, smoking on the catwalk - and on national no smoking day! Ha! Just wait for the howls of condemnation from the joyless ones...

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