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A.P.C . Designer Jean Touitou Uses The ‘N-Word’ To Describe Collection And Allegedly Kanye Approves

Hood meets Bertolucci #apc

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A.P.C. founder and french designer, Jean Touitou presented his 2015 fall/winter collection — titling one section “Last N—-s in Paris.”

Touitou’s sub-collection, “Last N##@$ IN PARIS,” is a portmanteau of Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Ni**as in Paris” and the 1972 Bernardo Bertolucci film Last Tango in Paris.

While the models walked the runway, Touitou held up a sign that read “Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS,” while he gave the audience a live narration that involved him using the n-word repeatedly. According to Touitou, who is friends with Kanye, claims the hip-hop producer/artist gave him his blessing to use the song title.

From Style.com:

“I call this one look Last N*ggas 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*ggas in Paris’ and Last N*ggas 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…”

In a follow-up statement to Style.com, Touitou explained that he got the approval to go forth with the collection concept from Kanye, who happens to be a former A.P.C. collaborator.

“I made looks which are a cross-over of those two references: the Timberland shoes and the sweat pants are iconic of hip-hop, and the camel hair color coat, worn with nothing under it, is iconic of that precise movie. I am friends with Kanye [West, who recorded “N*ggas 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. 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.'”

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  1. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Da phoque? I’m so sick and tired of people acting like they can get permission from coons to use the word and we’re all supposed to be okay with it.
    Welp, it’s not okay with this girl. Call me a n*gger and I’ll burn your house down. Oh yeah, adding an *a* at the end doesn’t change the meaning. I’ll still show up at your door with a book of matches.

    • January 28, 2015 - Reply

      @i.mean.really

      THANK YOU!

  2. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Not one black model.

  3. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    ASK A STUPID PERSON {KANYE{ , YOU GET A STUPID ANSWER ALWAYS ~~!!

  4. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    These are the same people who served up Charlie Hebdo and wondered why Muslims were pissed off. The French have a thing or two to learn about respect and cultural sensitivity.

    • January 28, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      “These are the same people”… What? I’m offended by your generalization. Just because there are many Americans supporting questionable ideologies,would it be acceptable for me (a French black) to write that “the American (including you) have a thing or two to learn about respect and cultural sensitivity?

      • January 28, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        It is your right to be offended so I have nothing to say. It is hard to talk about any group without some generalization, and I do think that there is a general tolerance for racial, ethnic, or religious insults in France that is not openly acceptable in the USA. By no means, am I saying the USA is less racist than France. Both are cut from the same imperialist and white supremacist cloth.

        • January 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Anthony

          I would agree with your last sentence, but generalizations are never helpful. The vast majority of French people were offended by the cartoons published in CH (which only sold 30 000 copies weekly by the way). Most chose to support the journal after the killings, some didn’t. French is as diverse as the USA. We’re not one.

          • January 28, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            ( I wasn’t personally offended but this is another story)

          • January 29, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            hint–when people say ‘the French’ in a derisive tone, they most likely are ONLY referring to people of French descent–you know, caucasians. So you can stop getting your panties in a bunch.

            • January 29, 2015 - Reply

              @vintage3000

              Black people have been living in France as long as Black people have been living in the USA and are as much French as you are American

              • January 29, 2015 - Reply

                @blogdiz

                True, but 90% of the time, when folks say French or Americans, they mean whites. Heck, when most Americans say Southerners, they mean whites, even though the South has a very large Black population.

              • January 29, 2015 - Reply

                @blogdiz

                Yeah, but when people talk about the Frenchies, frogs, etc. they do NOT have Black people in mind.

                Do you think folks have Black Americans in mind when they say ‘american as apple pie, all-american’?

            • January 29, 2015 - Reply

              @vintage3000

              Yes indeed. Similarly, most who say “Americans” aren’t talking about African Americans.

          • January 29, 2015 - Reply

            @elsay

            I know Charlie Hebdo was not a popular magazine, but after the killings, the response was to buy millions of copies instead of condemning the killings, but also looking at those cartoons, and admitting that even though they had the right to print them, many reasonable Muslims could understandably have found the images offensive.

            • January 29, 2015 - Reply

              @Anthony

              Even the Pope used the analogy ‘if my mother is insulted expect to get punched’-lol. I don’t know why this is so difficult for freedom of speech people to believe; it does not mean the right to insult or demean others. It’s like how so many Americans have temper tantrums when told they can’t say the n-word, asif their civil liberties are being stripped away because they cannot openly insult Black people. They are the same ones livid when someone makes a joke like the one Mike Epps made. The sense of entitlement is ingrained in these people.

        • January 29, 2015 - Reply

          @Anthony

          It is hard to talk about any group without some generalization,

          If what you are saying is true, why do a lot of African-Americans (AA) get upset when a Caucasian person make a negative generalization about AA?

          A Caucasian person says something ignorant, and AA are on Twitter and Facebook acting like the world is coming to an end.

          • January 29, 2015 - Reply

            @Objection

            It’s not that whites tend to generalize about negative blacks, they often exceptionalize positive blacks.

  5. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Why am I not surprised? In 15 years when North West gives interviewers saying she never identified with “blacks” or prefers her hair straight and hates getting tans, will anyone be surprised? Self hate is a mofo…..

  6. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    I’m not surprised by this. France is not the anti-racist Utopia that many folks claim that it is. Even if Kanye West approved of it this (if Kanye approved of this, then he’s wrong), this French person can easily not do it. So, Jean Touitou has to have responsibility for expressing that slur in public view. Certainly, this is nothing new.
    Cultural exploitation by these corporate people has been in existence for a long time. Also, we have to notice about the stereotypical words from Touitou about the ghetto. Just because a person lives in the ghetto doesn’t mean that he or she wear Timberlands or is a nefarious person. Although, there is nothing wrong with a person wearing Timberlands. There are strong, intelligent, and positive people who live across many areas of the Earth. It’s not where you’re from. It is where you’re at regardless if you live in the ghetto or in a palace. The N word should not be glamorized at all. It’s a despicable word. We have to stand up for our rights and they may try to mimic us, but they can never duplicate us. They can never duplicate our blackness and our blackness is beautiful.

  7. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    The ‘George-Bush-Does-Not-Care-About-Black-People’ Kanye West has left the building and moved to Coon-Ville with Jay-Z.

    • January 30, 2015 - Reply

      @good2bfree

      Jay Z just about his business. Thats why people don’t get angry at him. He doesn’t pretend to be an activist, like other Black men he cares about issue like trayvon, mike brown and eric garner and has got involved with all three of those. But he’s about his business, and he’s honest about it. Also he never claims to speak for anyone other than himself. I like that there is no pretence.

      Kanye has been saying alot of stupid lately. From ‘classism is the new racism’. Comparing the ‘plight’ to that of the civil right movement.

      He’s annoyed that he’s been shut out of the fashion game and it seems he will do anything to get in. using being black as his main reason, while not supporting or wearing any black designers. Just white elitists…
      Jihan Forbes notes West’s history of supporting the very sort of people he complains about: “West has been quick to show support for labels like Céline—mentioned on the Diversity Coalition’s no-no list for not casting black models in their shows—Maison Martin Margiela, and Givenchy, proudly parading in bespoke and off-the-rack pieces from each. Yet you would be hard-pressed to see him pair his beloved leather jogging sweats with an Ozwald Boateng jacket, or find mention of designers like Duro Olowu in his rhymes.”

  8. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Koonye

  9. January 28, 2015 - Reply

    Next the faux apology and how it was not intended to hurt or offend

  10. January 29, 2015 - Reply

    Poor ye. He really wants rich old white men to love him. Maybe he needs to get psychological help.

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