Kanye West’s Style Inspiration? Homos

Noted anti-homophobia (ahem) maybe-gay (ahem) homophobe (ahem) Kanye West is known throughout the land for his sense of style. And whose style does Mr. West respect? “Gays really be knowin’ how to dress. … People always try to discredit gays altogether, because they’re gay, but they really good at dressin’. … Gays know how to dress. Because you can dress good don’t make you gay.” Video:

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  • Jaxson67

    rubbish not all gays are good dressers, he obviously hasn’t been to a gay dance party, there is always some horror wearing rainbow hotpants and a mesh singlet

  • wondermann

    I disagree, gays are uber trendy and less original. In fact, it feels like an attack of faux hawks and A&F clones

  • The Gay

    I am The Gay and I can’t dress to save my life … plus I’m chubby, especially in my abdominal area … My body is like Homer Simpson … This all makes me depressed and want to cry because regular gays hate me :-(

  • Alexa

    Obviously Kanye missed the recent photos of Clay Aiken wearing his granny’s sweater.

  • petted

    I think its more that we know what we like and we’re not willing to let a little thing like public opinion or possibly common sense get in the way.

  • Kdogg

    Sounds to me like a stretch. Kanye is not being homophobic, Queerty is just looking for something to post.

  • thisismikesother

    I can’t get past how awful Kanye’s slaughter of the English language is. Every time he opens his mouth, I want to punch him. And that’s before I even get around to actually trying to understand what he’s saying, upon which I usually just want to punch him again.

  • Paul

    @Alexa: Yes, but Clay’s a sooouthern gay. They’re all little more homey (homey, not homely) down there. ;)

  • Smokey Martini

    Yeah, ’cause the only things gays have going for them is fashion. Effing douchebag.

  • Smokey Martini

    Not to mention that all gays are exactly alike…

  • dgz

    i, on the other hand, don’t mind the occasional *positive* stereotype. it breaks up the monotony of pop-culture put-downs. what say we just accept it graciously? thanks, kanye! ;)

    (plus, don’t alot of us kinda perpetuate this? e.g. those jerks from project rungay/tom & lorenzo?)

  • Darth Paul

    @The Gay: Then sucks to the ‘regular’ gays or lose some weight. Your choice, mate.

    Kanye’s not a homophobe, but I’ll grant that he’s a heterochauvinist.

  • Ben

    Dear god….

    This is dumb.

  • getreal

    He is a little bit of a douche sometimes but he is one of the few hip-hop artist (Mary J. Blidge is another)who has spoken out against homophobia and how the hip-hop community needs to let all the hate go. His statements against homophobia actually started all the gay rumors that he is constantly addressing.

  • Smokey Martini


    “What say we just accept it graciously?” Um. No. The problem with stereotypes is that they misrepresent the reality of things. Sure, while many gay guys are into fashion and entertainment, there is a vast majority who are not. What the hell do these stereotypes do for us? Absolutely nothing.

    In fact, a lot of ignorant people are accepting of homos if and ONLY IF they conform to these stereotypes. That is: gay guys become easier to identify, easier to visualize — in short, easier to objectify — if they are overtly effeminate, flamboyant, fashionable, boy-crazy, and fuck-centred. Any other homo who fails to live up to that standard is invariably perceived as being a borderline closet case or, for that matter, not a ‘real’ homo; and so, the stereotype is upheld and the less-than-conforming homo has his identity dismissed as being disingenuous. Not exactly a fair deal if you ask me.

    On the other hand, this stereotype can disenfranchise gays everywhere since it supports the idea that homos are only useful (and, thus, acceptable) in the world of fashion and entertainment, behind a screen where they are far removed from the ‘real world’ of the heterosexual majority, where they can’t hear or respond to any of the vile things that are said about them. This does nothing to change public mentality, either.

    As one co-worker once told me about two guys who came into our store on my first day there (before I ever mentioned anything about my sexuality): “Look at those stupid fags. I don’t understand why they have to be that way. I mean, yeah, they’re fine on tv and all, but I wouldn’t want them near me.” Lo and behold, she has a number of gay friends, all of whom are noticeably flamboyant and well into the circuit scene. What a disgrace! (The co-worker, no her friends…)

  • seitan-on-a-stick

    Dear God (who does not exist):

    “Why do straight men dress so bad?”

    No answer (God doesn’t exist!)

    BTW – Kudos for Kanye’s bravery in being an openly flowing faucet of gay understanding

    Also, I am sorry that Smokey Martini has a hostile work-place

    THE BIGGER ISSUE HERE IS: Body Dysmorphia in the Gay Community!

    Hello, Japhy! Get on that!

  • RainaWeather

    As dumb as he sounds sometimes, i think he does more good than bad.

  • John from England(used to be just John but there are other John's)


    This is sad but why don’t you email Japhy personally?? This would be a good issue and I’m no naive bunny but I’m sure Japhy et al know that they will get lots of hits…

  • Smokey Martini


    I second that comment on Body Dysmorphia!

    And, to follow up on that story, Seitan: the other two homos at work – after introducing ourselves and forming our own mini-coalition – definitely changed the environment at work. While the boss wasn’t particularly fond of the energy we brought to the workplace, she couldn’t let us go because we were (and she said so herself) three of the best employees she has ever had. Hurray!

    In any case, my particular tale with the co-worker brings up one other point: that stereotypical gays, in accepting such empty compliments as *real* complements, fail to recognize that (in all likelihood) their ignorant straight friend is using them AND their friendship as a shield to protect them from being called “homophobes” You know, like a gay version of “a beard.” In this case, the stereotypical gay become a mere tool, which is unfortunate.

    Of course, this gives way to that sentence we ALL love:
    “I’M not a homophobe! Why, one of my very best friends is gay…”

  • Otto

    That’s the problem with people who lack intelligence. They lack the intelligence to keep their mouths shut.

  • Larry

    Stereotypes are stereotypes, but frankly, I prefer a positive stereotype to a negative one. And let’s cut Kanye some slack: He may be yet another dumb-ass pop music bedroom poster idol shooting off at the mouth, but he has spoken out against homophobia and specifically said his cousin’s coming out changed his mind. Considering how pervasive homophobia is in hip-hop, I have to say I admire the guy. And he’s cute, on top of that :)

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