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.

What do you think of Kanye West wearing a skirt, Clutchettes? Was it a big deal to you?

  • http://gravatar.com/myblackfriendsays myblackfriendsays

    It’s called homophobia. Which is just another word for misogyny.

  • Billy Paul

    It’s called a kilt, actually.

    Further, Cameron Giles’ remark may also simply be a reflection of a personal choice and need not be reflective of a phobia nor misogyny. The two (the remark and the phobia/misogyny) are neither necessarily coterminous nor have you put forth any evidence to support your conclusory statement.

    Carry on, Family.

  • EST. 1986

    I get what you are saying, but ‘homophobia’ is not another word for ‘misogyny’.

  • Kay

    *sigh* People get so caught up in gender roles. Most men historically wore what we think of as “skirts,” or “dresses.” Many, especially in Greek and Roman societies wore kilt-like outfits or long robes, and pants were considered to be only for barbarians. *shrugs* It doesn’t bother me what he wears.

  • EST. 1986

    I think nothing of it really. I’ve never like Kanye and don’t understand the fascination people have with him.

  • Pseudonym

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    It’s a kilt. Whattheheck?!!! If you have Twitter, then that means you have access to the Internet, which means you have no excuse to be this ignorant. I read this recently, but can’t remember where, “With the Internet, now ignorance is a choice.”

  • LO

    Kanye has been wearing kilts for more than a year and now people care? Tuh! And Cameron was known for wearing pink at a time when that was unheard of. He continues to mock Kanye because thats the only way people will talk about him.

  • politicallyincorrect

    Black women will say its OK to wear a skirt in one breath and tell men to man up the next. Straight men shouldn’t be wearing skirts. He can do twirl in that thing, that’s a skirt not a kilt

  • Robin

    I’m sorry, but anything Kanye wears is alright with me. For me he’s the epitome of sexy masculinity and strength. I don’t know anything about the man’s personal life b/c I don’t keep up with it, but when I see him all I think is “Power” just like his song says. Woof.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com Tonton Michel

    No big deal really, I will accept that over saggy pants.

  • dee

    This is like that one episode of the boondocks. I could really care less what they’re wearing, but if men are going to start adding skirts, dresses, and blouses to their wardrobes can someone please get them a stylist.

    Nobody’s wearing the skirt/jean combo anymore and asap rocky looked a mess from the 106 pictures.

  • http://gravatar.com/myblackfriendsays myblackfriendsays

    “Ima have to save us”

    Save who? From what?

    and I realize that the words don’t have the same dictionary definition, but I stand by my original statement. Think about it.

  • THe Comment

    Black men limit themselves amongst each other however soon as they get some money…then you see all kinds of interesting hobbies surface. I guess when they are poor and n the streets they feel pressure to act like everyone else. Not that Kanye was ever poor or grew up in anyone’s hood. Just saying. They limit themselves.

  • http://www.barcelonafootballblog.com Kevin

    Pants only developed as an example of male raiment once horses got saddles, and dudes got tired of chafed legs. It was a convenience that has morphed into a gender identifier for the insecure. “Straight men shouldn’t wear skirts,” says one commenter here. Because? Straight men and high school girls have one thing in common: They worry so desperately about what others of their peer group are doing.

    Do I dig West’s music? Nope. But let the brotha wear what he wants. In the summer, I started wearing skirts. More comfy than pants for 32-inch bicycle racer thighs. Note: not kilts. Skirts. Do I get looks? Sure. Do I get compliments? Lots of ‘em, even from dudes. And my wife loves the look. As I told one guy, “A real man doesn’t care what another man does.”

    At some point, folks have to get over silly, limiting gender constructs and let people do what they’re going to do. I find it odd that his garment choice is drawing more attention than his egocentric performance.

  • Denise Hunsaker

    Really people? Are you all that stupid and you don’t enjoy a man in a kilt? I build kilts for men, only real men wear kilts. I am very glad that Kanye wore a kilt on stage.

  • Ms.CeltcWriter

    Politically Incorrect, you’ve obviously never been to a highland game, nor to Scotland. His leather kilt is a part of a line called utility kilts. And kilts absolutely twirl. Why do you think lasses want to know what’s up a laddie’s kilt.

    Really, Kanye kind of punked out because he wore pants under the kilt. Tradition dictates no undergarments like pants or what was commonly know as trews.

  • http://venus-genetrix.blogspot.com/ VenusGenetrix

    Your comment completely nails it. Thank you.

  • Mini

    ICAM, I take it you will wear a skirt tomorrow Kevin, I mean what better way to show solidarity against horrible social constructs.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Agreed! Personally, I don’t care one way or another…shrugs

  • wfm

    I am a Black women and I’m quite disturbed by these comments. Sistas will talk about men on the down low, not being man enough,etc, and in the next breath say Black men wearing skirts is ok. This is not garb. This is a Damn skirt with leather leggings. Our schools, prisons, media effeminizes daily. Black women are enforcing it. Then blaming men in the next breath for being half ass men. Wondering why they don’t have a man or not married, clueless! My fathers, uncles, grandparents, were men! Some of yall need a reminder of what a man is.

  • Fantastico

    @Kevin +100

  • http://gravatar.com/eynapanirb B.Payne

    And you’re saying that pants are a reminder of what a man is?

    I thought a real man is someone who isn’t afraid to be himself and respects the next man regardless of P.O.V…..in fact that’s why there are so many down-low men…because of group-thinkers who like to pigeon-hole “individuals” to the point of making them feel like they have to hide.

    Hell with it, AYO Kanye!! Let me borrow that skirt babe…looks good ;)

  • T.H.

    I’m sorry, I really don’t see this as that big of a deal. It’s a fashion statement and we are all aware of Kanye’s foray into couture fashion. Don’t we expect artists to dress up in costume or avant garde attire during performances anyway?

  • getapuffyshirtinstead

    nothing more than a way to hang your bling from your thing!

  • Bosslady

    It’s a kilt….BUT Kanye has been rocking kilts for over a year now…Why is this “news?!” I guess none of his “fans” went to the Watch the Throne tour, as he was wearing a kilt at the DC performance, and all of the other performances from the pictures I’ve seen. Why this is making “headwaves” only God knows…

  • http://www.facebook.com/burns.tiara Tiara Burns

    no big deal..at all

  • http://youtu.be/3y8H-ft0LgY Infinite P.

    who cares? check out this video: http://youtu.be/3y8H-ft0LgY

  • Mr Wonderful82

    You’re absolutely correct. If the male neighbor, coworker, friend or love interest of any of these women who endorse this behavior wore a skirt/kilt they would swear he was on the down low. Thats the new “homophobia.”

  • Mr Wonderful82

    WFM thank you! The first thing they would say if their male neighbor, coworker, friend, boyfriend, or husband wore a kilt/skirt is that he’s down low. I’m so happy i grew up with both parents and my dad was a real man and my mom wasn’t in of these women who try to feminize her sons.

  • The Bishop

    The Roman’s and Greeks also liked having sex with little boy’s. IJS

  • K1

    OMG, how freaked up humans are, grow to F up Common, guess you all ain’t never going to Scotland. A real man could wear a skirt, you all love pink shirts, well I think that more gay.
    You go Kayne

  • http://twitter.com/MOTRenaissance Honest

    THank you @TheTruth

  • The Patriot

    Society is very shallow when it comes to masculinity. I’m convinced that the reason why society is going downhill is because of extremists who are still “living in the 1950s.” Also, I’ve seen more than 15 men wearing kilts and skirts of some sort since the turn of the century, and I’m amazed that most Americans believe that attractiveness belongs only to women. This is nothing less than pure misandry. Furthermore, what I really cannot stand are totalitarian dictators who say that men should not wear skirts, as this is no different from saying men should not eat hamburgers, or that women should not drive Toyota’s. I thought America was founded on freedom of choice/equal opportunity.

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