Jean Touitou was all the talk in the fashion world last month, and not for a good reason.
The A.P.C. founder found himself at the center of controversy after dropping the N-word during a presentation of his Fall/Winter 2015 collection. As a result, Timberland cut ties on their collaboration with A.P.C., yet Touitou did not seem to grasp the severity of his words. Kanye West even came to his defense.
However, in a new interview with GQ, Touitou seems to have changed his tune.
“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. 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.”
Ignorant? We could have told you that. In addition to his interesting apology, Touitou also insisted he is not a racist, but rather a freedom fighter.
“I’m a freedom fighter. I think nothing else. 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.”
What do you think of Jean Touitou’s apology?
SOURCE: GQ | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty