Even Rick Ross's Sunglasses Are Fake
Louis Vuitton has now stepped into the ongoing battle between Rick Ross and reality, noting that in addition to his fabricated past as a drug smuggler and a dater-of-women-who-weren't-porn-stars, he also has no qualms about wearing designer knockoffs on the cover of national magazines. At this point we'll merely clear our throats, refer you to the image at left, and reprint the below letter:
- The XXL Editors received this letter from Louis Vuitton concerning the May 2009 cover of Rick Ross.
We were dismayed to see the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, which features a photo of Rick Ross wearing a pair of sunglasses prominently featuring counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks. Because the photo has generated considerable confusion among your readers and Louis Vuitton customers among others, we feel it is important to clarify several points.
- The first is that the sunglasses Mr. Ross is wearing were not made by Louis Vuitton, and in fact, are counterfeit. Louis Vuitton did not grant permission to Mr. Ross or to whoever did make the sunglasses to use our trademarks. The second is that no affiliation, sponsorship or association exists between Rick Ross or XXL and Louis Vuitton. The third is that counterfeiting is illegal.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to correct the confusion.
Michael D. Pantalony, Esq.
Louis Vuitton Malletier
New meaning to the phrase, "fourth wall."
Update! The plot thickens.
- Florida rap star Rick Ross is hitting back at reports that the Louis Vuitton's claims that the sunglasses he wore on the cover were fake by producing the designer.
According to Ross, the sunglasses worn on the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine were customized with solid gold accents by Jacob Bernstein, AKA "The Sunglasses Pimp."
"It's the same thing as buying a Rolls Royce and having it tricked out; just because the product has been customized by me doesn't take away from the fact that the frames are authentic Louis Vuitton Millionaires," Bernstein told AllHipHop.com.
As always, Ross just sees it differently.
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