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Jay Z's Controversial Collaboration With Barneys Called Out By Former Vogue Editor!

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Andre Leon Talley gives Jay Z a piece of his mind!

Though Jay Z has decided to go ahead with his Barneys collection following all the racial profiling controversy, prominent figures in the African-American community have criticized his decision.

Andre Leon Talley, former editor-at-large for Vogue, recently said:

“Any African-American, male or female, with any consciousness of what has happened would not go into Barneys right now. Nor Macy’s.”

He also added that if he were in Jay's shoes, “for the simplicity of making a broad statement I would pull out.”

On the other hand, maybe Jay Z can work with the store to prevent this type of thing from happening again. As he said in his statement:

“I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others.”

He makes a good point!

What do U think, Perezcious readers? Should Jay Z have pulled out of this collaboration???

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7 comments to “Jay Z's Controversial Collaboration With Barneys Called Out By Former Vogue Editor!”

  1. 1

    For both Barney's and Jay-Z the most important thing is money. It looks good for Barney's to have JayZ on board - I wonder how much they are paying him?

  2. sc says – reply to this


    He doesn't make a cent out of this and I think he's right to say he's going to stay and make sure that change happens. He's much smarter than people give him credit for.

  3. iluvla says – reply to this


    He will not leave his MONEY! I've lost a lot of respect for him!

  4. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Oh get over it, just a drop in the bucket. It's not the worst thing to happen.

  5. 5

    he's not gonna part with the money coming from Barneys. he just uses the hood now he's one of the 1%.

  6. free says – reply to this


    It's the right thing to do to pull out, but as the money of this collaboration goes to his charity foundation and not to him personally, it's not as clear cut as that. Let's see how this story develops.

  7. @v@ says – reply to this


    That might be Talley's approach, but I'm with JayZ regarding changing things from the INSIDE, which is much more effective, imo. Talley can decide how he would deal, but telling others how they should deal? No.