Kanye West set Twitter ablaze last night when he stepped onstage at the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert wearing a leather skirt. His fashion statement spawned a satirical Twitter account and several jokes that touched upon his sexuality and race.
Fashionista gathered a couple of sample tweets in response to his skirt:
“Kanye must have swapped suitcases with Kim Kardashian.”
“‘Wear this black trash bag as a skirt. Then, just kinda run around the stage scaring white people’ – Kanye West’s manager before the show”
“Maybe a new item from the Kardashian collection?”
“I like Kanye’s skirt. Also, his hoodie says “PYREX” cuz he must like to bake too.”
Fellow rapper Cam’ron tweeted: “Pyrex and a skirt? Sh*t ain’t adding up And if u co-sign this I’m blocking u!! Straight up. Ima have to save us.”
Killa Cam, the savior of black manhood?
The reaction was a tad unnerving to say the least.
For one, this isn’t Kanye West’s first time in a skirt. He also isn’t the only male celebrity to wear one. Glamazons Blog notes that Kanye also wore a Givenchy skirt during his “Watch The Throne” tour and names four other men, including David Beckham and Diddy, who have worn skirts or kilts. Necole Bitchie notes that A$ap Rocky rocked a dress (or long t-shirt) recently on 106 & Park.
In an age where men frequent spas, polish their nails and even wear makeup and leggings, is it that surprising to see a man in a leather skirt? Notions of masculinity are so rigid in our culture that a man wearing a skirt becomes headline news, even when it shouldn’t.