Jean Touitou pissed off a lot of people in the fashion world and black community last month with his insensitivity to derogatory language. During the presentation of his 2015 Fall/Winter collection, the founder of French fashion brand A.P.C. felt comfortable to drop the n-bomb and include the word in the show.
“I call this one look Last N****s in Paris,” he said. “Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood—the ‘hood—meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris… The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain.”
Yeah, he said that. But now, the Kanye West collaborator wants the world to know he’s realized the error of his ways. He issued an apology of sorts in a new GQ feature.
“I was totally ignorant in choosing some wording that to me was pretty natural, since I thought I was quoting a piece of popular music,” he said. “Of course, if I knew, I wouldn’t have said this word. But then I got, I got caught in something so…so violent. Maybe this is why I want to show what I’ve been doing for the past twenty-seven years.”
In addition to saying sorry for his poor choice of words, he insists he is actually a freedom fighter.
“I’m a freedom fighter. I think nothing else,” he said. “And I understand that today’s word is caught into some contradictions that I should have been more aware of. I’m surprising myself, because I’ve been around. But not enough, maybe.”
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