If you thought Kanye West could no longer bring the “shock” value, guess again. During a presentation of A.P.C.’s fall menswear collection, founder Jean Touitou reportedly repeated the N-word multiple times during his live narration. And guess what? He says since he’s “friends with Kanye” so he was simply paying homage to their friendship. We’re not making this ish up. Get the deets inside….
How far is too far in the fashion world? Well apparently, nothing is off limits (even the N-word) if you’re "friends" with certain people.
Over the weekend, A.P.C. menswear founder Jean Touitou presented his 2015 fall/winter fashions during a presentation. And while his models trekked down the runway in some Timberland boots and sweat pants, Jean popped up on the runway holding up a sign which read, “LAST N*GGAS IN PARIS" (above). Wait what?? Yep...that ish really happened.
And as he opened with his live narration, the A.P.C. honcho also reportedly repeated the N-word multiple times as the show went on.
He explained to Style.com why he chose to use the demeaning and disrespectful term saying,
"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…"
“Strong ghetto signifier” EXCUSE ME?! Jean clearly has no problem publicly using the word because he says he’s “friends” with Kanye West. In fact, he presented his idea to Kanye BEFORE hitting the runway with this foolishness and ironically, ‘Ye approved. He told Style.com in an email the following day,
"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.'"
The fact that this man feels comfortable using the word "n*gga" to label his latest designs because he's "friends" with Kanye, tells many things. What happened to the Kanye West who spoke out about racism and was fed up with being oppressed (ESPECIALLY in the fashion world) because of the color of his skin? Is he THAT pressed to be accepted by the fashion world that he disregards the very things he was so passionate about when he first stepped into the game?
Or...is all this par for the course since it's a title of one of his songs...and fashion is "art"?
Yasmin Eleby decided to make a committment to herself...with a wedding....and the Internet went off! Now, she's speaking out - revealing why she "married" herself and has no regrets about her choice. Check it...
The flowers were blooming. The band was in its place. And three ministers were on deck as 10 bridesmaid fluttered down the aisle. Then came the music....
But when a 40-year-old woman named Yasmin Eleby reached the altar, she stood there in front of a room full of family and friends to make a committment to love herself. She married herself. Crazy? Foolish? Waste of money? Yasmin doesn't think so.
"The ceremony is not about me being bitter for not having a man. It wasn’t like, “OK, I’m upset that I’m 40 and don’t have a man.” I wanted to show myself my self-love, my self-worth and my self-respect. It was always about me loving me. When God sends me my husband, he will come, but until then, I’m OK with it just being with me."
After pics from her "Marriage To Self" went viral, trolls came from far and wide to diss and mock Yasmin...thank goodness her self-love, self-worth and self-respect are on fleek.
She sat down with Demetria Lucas D'oyley of The Root to breakdown how and why the wedding went down, what her friends said (and why they didnt stop her) and why she's NOT BOTHERED by the vicious comments.
Yasmin Eleby: For a few years leading up to my 40th birthday, I’d been joking that if I didn’t have a wedding by 40 that I would just have one myself without a groom. I thought having a wedding ceremony would be a unique way to celebrate my 40th with my family and my friends. And the closer that it got, I realized I had to put up or shut up.
The Root: I’ve been reading the reactions to all the stories on you, and a common comment is, “Where were her friends? They didn’t stop her!” When you told your friends—like, “Hey, guys, I’m going to have a wedding and marry myself!”—what did they say?
Yasmin Eleby: Some of them didn’t believe me. They thought I was joking, but once I explained to them what it would be about, they were supportive.
The Root: When the invites for the ceremony went out to guests, what was their response?
Yasmin Eleby: Not very many people knew it was a wedding. It was kind of a surprise. The invitations just said come celebrate my birthday in a unique way. I invited two of my exes. They were both happy for me. They were excited about it once they got there and realized what was happening.
The Root: A lot of people have assumed that marrying yourself was an act of desperation. What exactly was the ceremony about for you?
Yasmin Eleby: The ceremony is not about me being bitter for not having a man. It wasn’t like, “OK, I’m upset that I’m 40 and don’t have a man.” I wanted to show myself my self-love, my self-worth and my self-respect. It was always about me loving me. When God sends me my husband, he will come, but until then, I’m OK with it just being with me.
The Root: What vows did you take during the ceremony?
Yasmin Eleby: The first one was about forgiving myself. We’ve all made mistakes. I had to realize that if I ask for forgiveness, then it’s done. I don’t have to keep dwelling on the past. I can let it go. My second vow was to honor myself as a beautiful, fabulous being, conscious of making decisions for myself and to honor my self-worth. The third vow was love. I made a promise to love myself and to know that the more love I have for myself, the more love I have to share with others.
The Root: This all sounds so sweet, but it’s been received in a much different light. What do you think of the reactions to your ceremony?
Yasmin Eleby: It has been blown way out of proportion. From the few comments that I’ve read, they’re trying to paint me as crazy or bitter about not having a husband, and that is so not the case. I’m not bitter, I‘m not crazy. I’m just a fun-loving unique individual, and I just wanted to do something special and different.
The Root: In hindsight, do you have any regrets about the ceremony?
“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust says she’s DONE with former boyfriend Nikko…you know the guy she made a sex tape with and eventually found out he was MARRIED. Yea him. And she says his wife will be making an appearance on the show this season. Also, “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones is rumored to be joining an all-female cast for a Ghostbusters remake. More inside….
After all she went through last season with her former lover, it appears Mimi Faust has finally had enough of her ex-boyfriend Nikko and his shenanigans and called it quits!
The “LAHH: ATL” star celebrated her 45th birthday at No. 8 nightclub in NYC recently. And while partying it up, rocking a frilly Herve Leger Bregi dress, the reality star chopped it up with CottenKandi.com about the upcoming fourth season of VH1’s highly popular “LAHH: ATL”.
You’ll recall during the last season, a sex tape involving Mimi and her then boyfriend Nikko mysteriously leaked, which caused a firestorm in the media about Mimi’s infamous “shower rod” scene. EVERYONE was talking about it. And soon after, everyone was talking about the fact she made this sex tape….with a MARRIED man, unbeknownst to her at the time (so she says). Turns out, Nikko had been married to a woman (allegedly named Margo Simms) years before they met and kept it a secret for as long as he could, up until he was exposed by the media.
Well, when asked if she was finally done with her ex-lover Nikko for good (cause she seems to have a track record for going back to her exes *coughs* Stevie J *coughs*) she confirmed, “Absolutely. A hundred thousand percent done.” Well good for her.
The mother-of-one was also asked if Nikko's estranged wife would be appearing on the upcoming season of the show, in which she said, “Yes [I can confirm his wife will play a role and will be on the show].” Lordt...
Guess we can brace ourselves now for the foolywang material that will come of this. You KNOW ish is going to go 0 to 100....real quick.
We reached out to Mona Scott Young for confirmation and have not yet received a response.
In movie news...
“Saturday Night Live” comedian and Top Five star Leslie Jones is rumored to have landed a new gig. According to reports, the actress is in early negotiations to star in an all-female cast of a Ghostbusters remake. And SONY will be backing the new alleged project.
Rumors have swirled for awhile of who Sony had met with for starring roles following the leaked Sony emails that said actresses such as McCarthy, Wiig and Emma Stone had met for roles. Ivan Reitman is producing.
Scheduling still has to be worked out among the actresses, but if deals make, this marks the closest the studio has come to rebooting the franchise in quite some time. It is also unknown who each woman would be playing.
If Leslie Jones does end up on this project, we’re sure she’ll be bringing plenty of laughs. We're here for it!