When I first read this thread my intitial reaction was to ignore it and chalk it up as being comments made by a cretinous (look it up) individual. However, when I started to read the other racial comments made toward black people I knew that I would be performing a disservice as an educated and successful black man not to address this topic.
We all know what's already been said, Bape is highly influenced by hip-hop, which is obviously true. Whether you like the fact that a hip-hop star endorses it or not is up to you. Truthfully, if you're choosing to let another individual dictate whether or not something is "cool" or fashionable then apparently you have some personal issues and may want to excercise the act of being your own man/or woman (make your own decisions).
I personally know the stylist who basically changed Lil' Wayne into a hip-hop fashion icon. Yes, we all know he rocks Bape but he's also been wearing other brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci (the cream sweat suit inside that infamous XXL magazine shoot with Lil' Wayne rocking the pink Bape Camo hoodie), and Chrome Heart.
Imsohappy's reference to Lil' Wayne and Jermaine Dupri as "black hobbits" and the statement posted above by bape_UK are totally unacceptable and completely racist! There's no other way to read it.
Damn, have we forgotten about all of the things that black people have influenced (fashion (Pharrell - whether you like it or not), music (Jimi Hendrix, Gil Scott Heron, James Brown, education (Dr. Cornell West) etc...)...its too many to even name but you get my point.
For you two men...hold on let me retract that statement because obviously a real man wouldn't make those type of comments...For you two idiots to make such comments shows the ignorance that still exists in the world today (even among Hypebeasters).
I find it extremely funny that people tend to make comments over the internet that they wouldn't dare have the balls to say in front a person that may or may not be offended (internet thugs are hilarious).
In closing, I'll definitely say a few prayers for you two guys but whether or not it does any good is doubtful because ignorance tends to run deep.
Black hobbits .. racist? Did i say Uncle Tom, Porch Monkey, Slave Ship ******s? ( Used for dramatic effect and to make my point) Do you make such a fuss when the word ****** is used elsewhere on this forum which i have seen many times. This thread has gotten out of control and should be locked. I never knew we were not allowed to use the word black, my bad and apologise to all the black people who were so deeply offended by the word black. Oh and i nowhere in my opening statement did i mention or say BLACK PEOPLE WERE KILLING BAPE. Oh and as for black people influencing BAPE thats great to know maybe all the Black people should contact Nigo and tell him you want a cut from his profits or some free clothes, im sure he'd be happy to sort you out. Bape_UK we know about people like James Lavelle and Ina Brown rather than the newbies who have probably no idea. Thank you and Goodnight. Hope you enjoyed the show.