In case you missed it, Paris Fashion Week has taken the City of Light by storm in recent days.
But Kanye West aside, it looks like one of the most shocking moments took place outside The Louvre, and even Boy George has shared his outrage on social media.
Footage doing the social media rounds shows a security guard slapping what appears to be a teenager across the face at The Louvre - where Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton [LVMH] held an event on Tuesday (4 October) - while a crowd of people watched on.
Superstar Boy George retweeted the footage on Wednesday (5 October), writing: “Well done @LouisVuitton this makes you look really stylish?”
Juan Branco, a French lawyer who reposted the footage on social media, told Newsweek: “Today, Le Louvre completely closed and privatised by and for Bernard Arnault [the billionaire CEO of LVMH], for Louis Vuitton.
“LVMH agents hit a 13-year-old child. LVMH had the video removed. But we had saved it.”
Branco claimed the video was originally posted online by an eyewitness, who removed it after they were ‘threatened with blacklisting and legal proceedings’.
Aujourd'hui, Le Louvre entièrement fermé et privatisé par et pour par Bernard Arnault, pour Louis Vuitton.— Juan Branco ✊ (@anatolium) October 4, 2022
Les agents de LVMH ont frappé un enfant de treize ans.
LVMH a fait supprimer la vidéo. Mais on l'avait sauvegardée.
Elle est vérifiée. pic.twitter.com/hJXobnIdsz
Needless to say, people were outraged by the clip, with one person writing beneath Boy George’s post: “This kind of violent behaviour should not happen. If this boy is doing something that is forbidden and security witness it, it is good manners to speak to him gently and deal with him politely.”
A second person wrote: “Far out man. That’s shocking,” while a third echoed: “Disgraceful. Poor kid.”
Other comments included: “I cannot look at these things, all too experienced. Unacceptable, the gesture alone takes away dignity, causes great pain, and loss of self-esteem. Do not touch children” and “This is absolutely appalling.”
Louis Vuitton told Newsweek in a statement: “Louis Vuitton condemns all forms of violence and sincerely apologises for this inexcusable action.
"As soon as the Maison became aware of this incident, the service provider was immediately contacted to ensure that the security agent no longer work for Louis Vuitton and that necessary measures be implemented going forward to prevent any future reoccurrences."
UNILAD has contacted Louis Vuitton for further comment.
Ye’s Yeezy show also drew backlash after the rapper donned a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘White Lives Matter’.
Kanye West decision to wear a “White Lives Matter” shirt is disgusting, dangerous, and irresponsible. Some of y’all will rush to defend him. You should ask yourselves why… pic.twitter.com/YT4a6c9tKI— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) October 3, 2022
Billed as a surprise show, Ye turned up at his catwalk event alongside rightwing commentator Candace Owens, who was also wearing a top emblazoned with the slogan.
Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson was quick to share her thoughts on Ye’s show, posting screenshots on social media that showed a message exchange she had with a friend in which she called out the rapper-turned-designer.
In response, Ye posted derivative comments about Gabriella on Instagram, prompting celebrities like Gigi Hadid to jump to her defence.
Gigi wrote: “You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha…. If there's actually a point to any of your s**t she might be the only person that could save u.
“As if the ‘honour’ of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion ..? Lol. You're a bully and a joke."
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