Nothing about my 'Man Clogs'

March 1, 2011 2:03:03 PM PST
Fashionista is not exactly the word anyone would use to describe me.

Jeans and black t-shirt is my daily uniform. Man clogs is how Liz describes my shoes. (When I'm not wearing sneakers.)

I say all this as prelude to my interest in the scandal now sweeping the fashion world: Christian Dior today fired its chief designer, John Galliano, after he allegedly made anti-Semitic rants at a bar in Paris.

Galliano is something of a bad-boy in the fashion world, so it's hardly surprising that he's gotten himself involved in controversy.

And his comments had they not happened in Paris, and had they not been linked to an Internet video might not have drawn scrutiny.

But the rub here is that France is different when it comes to race and bias. It's illegal in France to incite racial hatred, and the law has been invoked before to prosecute those who make anti-Semitic remarks.

That's what suddenly has my interested atwitter in fashion today. We'd cry free speech in this country and there certainly is an intellectually honest argument to be made for that, if we were to make it illegal to use hateful language. But what a fascinating result with the Galliano case. I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, some of the most popular stories we've done in years aired this past week. Nina Pineda's look at unclaimed funds just sitting in various state coffers were incredible "hits" on our website. READ STORY HERE. And lots of folks took the time to peruse government websites to see if they had any money just waiting to be claimed.

(I found some last summer some old stock that I received from a split years ago. The company later went private, and they apparently sent me a check for my stock to an old address. The state ended up with the check, and it would have stayed unclaimed had a colleague here, researching unclaimed funds, not found my name listed.)

Now, Nina and her 7 On Your Side unit are expanding the unclaimed concept to include property jewelry and collectibles. The process is fascinating as is the secret locked storage value where the goods are kept.

We're also following developments in Libya, where fears are rising tonight that a civil war is in the offing a war, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that could be protracted.

The U.N. today estimated that more than 1,000 Libyans have died so far in the revolt. And it says there are about 1.5 million migrant workers in the country all of whom might become refugees.

Meanwhile, two quotes from Libya seem to sum up the Libyan vs. Libyan aspect to all this.

The first is Moamaar Gadhafi's quote to ABC's Christiane Amanpour. "My people love me," he said. "They would die for me."

The juxtaposing quote comes from a man in a hookah bar in Benghazi, speaking to ABC's Alex Marquardt. "We don't want (Gadhafi) to leave. We want him to die."

And there you have it.

Also at 11, our Sandy Kenyon is in Los Angeles, looking into the debacle that has become actor Charlie Sheen's career. Sheen's personal demons, despite his talent as a thespian, have spelled a quite-public collapse. Tonight, after the special edition of 20/20 at 10 p.m., we'll have more on Sheen's troubled personal life.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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