Does Kanye dress too gay? That's the question Daily Beast writer Elizabeth Gates is asking her readers after a barrage of homophobic comments have been left on urban websites after pictures posted of rapper Kanye West surfaced from The Louis Vuitton Show during Paris Fashion Week.
“Only gays wear that [crap]!” wrote blog reader “TheTruth,” while another reader advised that they should “go taste the rainbow.” “Bootylishious” wrote that he/she simply “feel(s) sorry for all those gay dudes,” and sadly, the list goes on.
With the current onslaught of homophobic rage against Kanye West and his globally chic crew (comprised of style maverick Fonzworth Bentley and Taz Arnold of musical group Sa-Ra to name a few), it seems like Generation Y has all but forgotten that the ritual of expressive dress was in fact borne of the black-male community. If young audiences would dare to conduct a comparative study, they'd inevitably find that Kanye West’s 2007 Grammy outfit really had nothing on Eddie Murphy’s red-leather get-up in his 1987 stand-up film Delirious.
So what’s gone wrong? How did the community that once welcomed Little Richard become so violently judgmental? But the bigger question is why, in 2009, is “looking gay” in the black community even an issue?
"The current idea that homosexuality is the demon behind the black-male presence in high fashion is ridiculous at best and it simply serves to remind us that while we might have a confident black president in office, not everything has changed for the community at large," notes Harvard professor Marcyliena Morgan, creator of the university’s renowned Hip-Hop Archive.
It's become quite apparent that glorifying thug culture, gangster rappers, and the anti-gay rhetoric of black ministers have become the true measure of manhood in the black community. No one is leading just following. Pathetic.