Frank Davis

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.

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