Marc Jacobs Offers An Explanation For His First Problematic Response
Last week, we reported about the faux locs debacle at the Marc Jacobs show. We also mentioned that when folks called Jacobs out on his faux pas, the designer offered a response that seemed to make a bad situation worse.
You can read the full thing here; but basically he said that he doesn’t see color, love is the answer and funny how no one cries cultural appropriation when women of color straighten their hair.
After that not-so-well-thought-out response, the internets, including this video:
Black Twitter, came for him.
Once he realized he was alienating entirely too many people, Jacobs toned it all the way down and issued a less defensive response.
…and I thank you for expressing your feelings. I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity. I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech and freedom to express oneself though art, clothes, words, hair, music…EVERYTHING. Of course I do “see” color but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT! Please continue to express your feelings freely but do it kindly. Nothing is gained from spreading hate by name calling and bullying.
Obviously, he still doesn’t get the point. If I ever had the money to afford Marc Jacobs, the boycott would be on.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor for MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”