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Kanye West Wants Your Rainbows

kanye-west-entourageKanye West is the Macy Grey of hip-hop. We love his inability to get a hold on his brain-mouth filter, especially when it comes to gay topics, which he’s become particularly outspoken about since announcing his desires to become a fashion designer. The world of hip-hop is virulently homophobic and Mr. West gets a lot of flack for dressing the way he does and being so fashion-forward, but instead of freaking out about it, Kanye just plays it cool, in his own uniquely egomaniacal way.

In a recent MTV interview, Kanye responds to accusations that he ‘dresses gay’, saying:

“Well, it’s like when people say, “Give me a natural pose.” You can’t pose natural. If you’re posing, then it’s not natural no more. So it’s statements that people say. “Dressing gay” you can’t dress like … Your dress don’t give away whether or not you like a man. Think about actors that straight dress up like a woman or something like that. People wanna label me and throw that on me all the time, but I’m so secure with my manhood. And that’s the reason why I can go to Paris, why I can have conversations with people who are blatantly gay.

‘Cause I used to be scared to talk to a gay person. It’s designers that’s scared of people in hip-hop. And in hip hop, there’s people — and let’s not even say scared like homophobic — but they’re scared of the way people gonna look at them. If you see a person be like, “I don’t wanna stand next to Marc Jacobs ’cause I don’t want that to bear on me because I’m just so cool.” One of the reasons why, the perspective I come from with my raps and my songs, the reason why can’t nobody dis me — no gangsta rapper, nobody can really dis me is ’cause it’s so authentic.”

And the interview goes on to address the infamous video where he says that he’s inspired by gay people’s fashion:

“And you know what? That’s when I was ignorant to gays. ‘Cause there’s a lot of gay people who don’t dress good at all. There’s a lot of gay people that I dress way better than.”

Which is refreshingly candid. One of the many things we like about Kanye is that he confronts his own homophobia head-on. Some people might like him to say nothing but platitudes about the gay community, but by speaking honestly, he’s able to talk about hip-hop’s aversion to homosexuality, despite its flamingly glitzy veneer, in a way that gets people to pay attention and question their own ingrained misperceptions.

Which is all an advanced warning that he also says, he’d like to take the rainbow back from the gays:

“I’m doing a blog right now where I’ve been collecting all of the freshest stuff that’s rainbows — Denver Nuggets jerseys, BAPE shoes, Nikes with rainbows on ‘em — and saying, “Man I think as straight men we need to take the rainbow back because it’s fresh.” It looks fresh. I just think that because stereotypically gay people got such good like style that they were smart enough to take a fresh-ass logo like the rainbow and say that it’s gonna be theirs. But I was like “Man I think we need to have the rainbow” — the idea of colors , life and colors and stuff, I mean how is that a gay thing? Colors? Having a lot of colors is gay?”

We’ll totally play rainbow wars with Kanye any day. Also, special bonus assignment for Queerty readers: Use the phase “a fresh-ass logo like the rainbow” in conversation today. Let the color wars begin.

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Feb 11, 2009
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  • 11 Comments
    • Mark
      Mark

      No lie, around the age of 9 or 10 (so, 1990-1991) I briefly did the same thing as Kanye. I was all about any piece of clothing that had the full rainbow on it, especially if it was set against black. It all started with this black t-shirt with a logo printed in ink that slowly went ROYGBIV.

      I can’t blame it entirely on proto-gayness. Proto-gayness, junior science geekiness and 1991 all kind of teamed up against me.

      Feb 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin
      kevin

      He can have the rainbow. It makes everything look cheesy. We could sell it to him. Donate the money to rehabilitate some dumb ass hip hop idiots.

      Feb 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • matt (the other other one)
      matt (the other other one)

      @kevin: You sound like the dumb ass. This article is about someone gay positive in hip-hop. I’m starting to see that insulting hip-hop is how certain people on this site feel they can safely vent their anger at a “certain” race.

      Feb 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevin
      kevin

      Hey MATT (The Dumb Ass One). Sorry dude, I’M BLACK!! You lose.

      Feb 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J
      J

      I agreed with him up until the racist part.
      And deffinitley. So fuck if he likes rainbows?
      I think if everyone was as accepting as him there would be no need for it to be exclusive and we could all share it and bask in equality. Or we could be petty and pick fights with strangers on queerty. Which sounds like more fun?

      Feb 11, 2009 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mick
      Mick

      @kevin: Yay I’m black so I CAN’T have a racist behaviour, especially toward blacks, because…I’m BLACK. Yay! I’m such a rational and logical person…I eat glue:p

      …anyway, Queerty, please stop talking about Kanye until he stop being so egotistical…which means never.

      Feb 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      @Mick: OMG you are so funny!! And YAY I’m Black (I am)!

      Feb 11, 2009 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JJJJ
      JJJJ

      I agree with Kevin that rainbows look dreadfully cheesy. Like something Janet from “Three’s Company” would have worn on her powder-blue jumper.

      Feb 12, 2009 at 9:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lisimoomoo
      lisimoomoo

      My underwear have rainbows on them right now, and they’re my favorite.

      Feb 13, 2009 at 3:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew Triska
      Andrew Triska

      He’s so cute and honest, he can have my rainbows anytime. All of ‘em.

      Mar 18, 2009 at 11:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • telltalesigns
      telltalesigns

      God forbid anyone should have anything negative to say about hip-hop, or some of the people in it. Let’s throw that “racism” term around a leeeeeetle more indiscriminately, shall we?

      Saying there are morons in hip-hop is no more racist (or untrue) than saying that there are morons in the gay community is homophobic (or untrue). Let’s get over ourselves, people.

      Mar 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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