Thursday, December 2, 2021

A.P.C.’s Touitou Repeatedly Uses N-Word at Fashion Event, Kanye Approves

kanye-west-jean-touitou*A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou may have been paying tribute to Kanye West and Jay Z’s 2011 hit song “N****s in Paris,” but he is getting the wrong kind of attention for repeatedly using the N-word.

According to Style.com, Touitou’s actions came during A.P.C.’s fall menswear presentation while he presented the brand’s spring 2015 collection. The collection, titled “Last N****s in Paris,” is a nod to “N****s in Paris” and the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris. Items modeled in the collection, a collaboration with Timberland, include camel overcoats and A.P.C.-designed Timberlands.

Style.com noted that Touitou held up a sign that said, “Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS,” as he introduced his new line. The following is the site’s recap of what Touitou said during his presentation:

“I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. 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. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it’s nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it’s bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland…”

For anyone wondering if Touitou had reservations about what he said, don’t worry. Touitou addressed the situation with a follow-up statement to Style.com, saying that West, his former A.P.C. collaborator, gave his approval to ahead with the idea.

“I am friends with Kanye [West, who recorded “Ni**as in Paris” with Jay Z], and he and I presented a joint collection at the same place, one year ago, and that this thing is only a homage to our friendship,” Touitou. “As a matter of fact, when I came up with this idea, I wrote to him, with the picture of the look and the name I was giving to it, and he wrote back immediately saying something like, ‘I love this vibe.’”

So what do you think? Was Yeezy’s approval enough or did Touitou go too far?

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8 COMMENTS

  1. kanye and this old white man are both crazy – he’s’ gonna have to try something else to keep up with the kartrashians, especially since his rap game is so busted …

  2. When someone as mentally fucked up as Kanye gives the ok for white people free license to use nigger nigga etc – it sets us back even further. While I strongly disapprove of it in rap lyrics, this is exactly what scares me and it is coming to pass – Rich niggas who have influence become the wrong ambassadors for our race and when making bone headed decisions put us in an even worse light. His ass ain’t been right since Donda died.

  3. The whole world looks upon as a children.Weak minded in need of control.What we must do is educate our young and disown these sellouts and turncoats.Can you imagine a Jew getting on stage and spouting “Where All My K!!es at.They would shut down the whole place.Like Elder Malcom said”We Cannot Expect Others To Respect Us Until We Respect Ourselves”

  4. I concur with my three predecessors.

    I don’t care what “black person” gave his dumb ass “permission” to use the N word, dude knows better. Or he just doesn’t give a damn. Either way, he’s a butt hole for saying that B.S.

    Michael used the words, “sellouts” and “turncoats” to accurately describe those money drunk fools. I would add, they’re the real “niggers…”

  5. I think the go-to answer for the criticism being levied against Dumbye and Jay Z is the usual, “but dude got bank, yo”. Or, “yeah, but dat nigga laughing all the way to the bank”. I knew there would come a day when people would realize the danger in judging people by monetary value instead of content of character. The chickens are definitely coming home to roost.

  6. We are supposing that what he said was based off of what this guy is saying. If this is true, then Kanye has turned into a modern day “Tom Walker”, as many of monetary means before him have. Let’s hope not.

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