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Jay Z Associate At Barneys Says Media Overhyped Racial Profiling Incidents

(AllHipHop News) As Jay Z’s exclusive collection at Barneys New York debuted yesterday and the media attention to the alleged incidents of racially profiling at the retailer started to die down, one of Jay’s business associates working on the project offers his opinion about the allegations and the response.

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Joanie Lemercier, the art director of the Barneys window display featuring the Jay Z line, spoke with the New York Daily News. The French citizen apparently feels that the two cases of Barneys customers claiming they were detained for stealing only because of their race would not be an issue where he’s from.

“I cannot understand why the press makes such a big deal out of two incidents. In Europe this wouldn’t happen,” said Lemercier.

Lemercier goes on to explain that theme of the window display is “black and white” with it being an artistic representation of Jay’s rise from “darkness” to “light.”

“It’s about Jay Z coming from the Marcy projects, from the darkness of Brooklyn, and into the bright city of light of Manhattan,” explains Lemercier. He also says that he was hired by Barneys, and he collaborated with Jay on the theme for the display.

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  • atlantahiphopshop

    LMAO

    “from the darkness of Brooklyn, and into the bright city of light of Manhattan”
    Dig the hole deeper.

    • BibatheDiva

      Un–be–lievable.

  • tdot

    WTF no big deal? darkness to light? where he’s from? This guy must be associated with JAY Z even making Jay look worse than he is!! racial profiling and racism incidents isn’t that DARKNESS? where the LIght in that…el stupido! where he from in england didn’t they have race riots for like a wk? over some shit last year where shit went down… This guy needs to get pimp slapped knock some reality and sense into him!

  • Brindle

    This company is foolishly racist/ignorant, and Jay is proving he aint the business mind he pretends to be by being fearful of ending the relationship. These real business men are just using him for you name and the Beyonce connection, not his ideas…

    • Same shit I been sayin…and I don’t give a damn about his bread or any other man’s for that matter, just wanna make that clear before niggas get on that predictable bullshit(not you, some of these other fools on here). But if you take a real look at all the moves he’s made post-Roc, like you said majority of em have been nothin more than these corporations usin his name cuz they know he has legions of delusional people who’d line up to wipe his ass for free then put the tissue in a frame, the whole while swearin he did THEM a favor. Jay says “Don’t buy this, buy that”, and that’s exactly what they do whether they can really afford to or not, and these corporate cats are WELL aware of that. If you notice, he’s always tellin em to buy SOMETHIN, and usually from someone who makes it clear they don’t want or need their business. Niggas swear he’s some type of king when in reality he’s a mere pawn piece in the big scope of things, a bishop at best. Niggas can call me all the “haters” and whatever they want cuz I’m talkin about their beloved savior, but I’m a grown ass man and I’m too damn old for heroes feel me?

  • Soulgasm

    I’m surprised they didn’t make the “dark” items dirt cheap, and the “light” items high as hell.

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