Today I received a message from one of my Parisian homegirls inviting friends to a boycott of beauty and perfume brand Guerlain:
Why? Apparently master perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain used a racial slur while being interviewed on television station France 2. When talking about working on a fragrance, he said “I put myself to work like a [n-word]. I don’t know if the [n-words] have always worked hard, but…” [“Je me suis mis à travailler comme un nègre. Je ne sais pas si les Nègres ont toujours tellement travaillé mais enfin…“] The actual word he used was nègre, which, translated, could mean anything from negro to coon to the n-word.
Here’s the video (in French):