BlackMen in Skirts, Honoring the Ancestors? or Cross-Dressing? IS HOLLYWOOD EMASCULATING BLACKMEN?
Hollywood’s latest fashion trend for men have made a cultural impact world wide especially within the African community at home and abroad. Since 2001 Blackmen in showbiz has started wearing kilts or as most would call them skirts. We’ve seen the likes of Most Def who currently resides in Africa, wearing his Ghanaian wrap and has confessed it’s very comfortable. Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi, R.Kelly, P-Diddy, Coolio and Vin Diesel are on the list of HollyWood men that has come under-fire due to their attire.
Addressing Omar Epps on his choice of wardrobe during his appearance on The View Lord Jamar took to twitter to share his views - “So now OMAR EPPS has joined the SKIRT GANG??? Say it sint so!!! Old heads suppose to know better. Wish I could say I photo shopped these pics of dudes in skirts to try & fool ya’ll b.u.t. They’re actually wearing them. Smh.
What’s funny is @omarepps new show “Resurrection” looks interesting & was on my radar to watch especially cause he’s in it. #whytheskirt? I still might check it out, although we gotta let these SELL OUTS know we not supporting them when they cross enemy lines. We need to start putting these CLOWNS on trial for crimes against humanity! Just like they did with complicit Nazi ‘ s .”
Omar replied “ “it’s sad that we as African-Americans are so disconnected from our true roots, our heritage & our lineage that most can’t see the forest for the trees.”
“For me, it’s about celebrating and honoring our ancestral history thru actions. I walk on the shoulders of the ancients,” he shared on Instagram. “And we’ve become so disconnected from our African roots that we give credit to others (who came long after) for ‘creating’ that of which was our natural culture to begin with. We should embrace our history and be proud of our heritage!”
He ended his message with hashtags #FactsOverFashionStatements, #RealityCrushesPerception and #3rdEye
One would think after that reply Lord Jamar would drop the subject or even so apologize but in-fact he had more to say -
“So now n—as wanna flip it & bounce it & act like they was doin some AFRICAN sh–t…yeah ok! GTFOH If that’s what u was doin @omarepps then u should have verbally stated that when they made u stand up & model for them. Ya’ll ain’t NEVER talkin bout AFRICA any other time now that a conscious artist calls u out u wanna fall back on the MOTHER LAND. Fashion makes a STATEMENT, this is why is called a FASHION STATEMENT. ..duh. What STATEMENT are we making in skirts? What may have been CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE thousands of years ago is no longer the case. TODAY the CULTURAL ARCHETYPE is that skirts & anything resembling them are for women. PERIOD! I am well informed Mr. @omarepps let’s not even play these games. Dude tried to act like he was taking some intellectual high road. SmhI & all people with intelligence reject ur explanation @omarepps When we wear close we are often trying to SEDUCE someone, we want them to be attracted to us by what we have on…who u trying to attract?”
Hollywood seems very divided on this trend whether it’s from a cultural or fashion point of view. I’m not sure what to think of A$AP Rocky’s choice of dressing for his appearance on 106 & Parks, it’s clearly a tie die dress.
Is this truly the resurrection of the African Culture in the west? Or a new ready to wear couture trend or The emasculation of black men whatever it is it has been slowly surfacing through the years so expect to see a-lot more men wearing skirts, I mean Kilts, your boyfriend could be next.
This has nothing to do with African culture because if these fools really gave a flying fuck about the culture they wouldn’t produce music that fundamentally destroys. These fools will do anything for fame and cash. Actions speak louder than words and these fools actions never positively influence the culture of the black man or the black woman. They don’t take care of their earths nor do they encourage black children or young men to feed their money back into black business or to read. They produce music that influences the world and take ZERO responsibility for their influence or impact. They want to be known as Gods but don’t want to honor their impact. Some of these celebrities are self idolizing imbeciles who don’t take their impact on this world seriously.
Perspective is everything, you never know when your on the wrong side of history.