You know, sometimes I read something Kanye West says, and I can only conclude that there’s “Kanye’s World” and, well, the real world. After getting some flack at New York Fashion Week for his latest collection, the rapper-turned-fashion designer talked about why he doesn’t think he’s received the warmest welcome in the fashion world. Is the fashion world prejudiced against heterosexual people?
Kanye explained about the people who don’t seem to understand him:
I think there’s people who don’t want to embrace what it really is so they use their position of like class, or snobbery, or whatever comments they have, to just try to always down things and to not give it its just due, or just opportunity as a form of discrimination.
So what’s the result of that?
I felt that I got discriminated against in fashion for not being gay, whereas in music you definitely get discriminated against if you are gay.
“With me when I work on fashion, I’m sitting here in the woods trying to chop down trees, screaming at the top of my lungs ‘can somebody just throw me some water’, and everyone’s sitting laughing at me. That’s the fashion world. That’s the critics.
“They definitely are [expletive] not letting me in the shows and [expletive] constantly laughing at me and trying to keep the joke going. But you know there are a lot of tsunamis and earthquakes that hit while people are joking on the beach. So keep joking on the beach.”
Now let’s consider this. Kanye announced his fashion show at the last minute at NYFW this year. As a result, TWO other designers had to reschedule their shows because they feared holding their shows at the same time as his would hurt their attendance. How many fashion designers can do that?
Kanye’s clothing line, Yeezus, has wide distribution (something most designers have to fight tooth and nail to get) and strong sales figures. Where, exactly, is he being held back? I just don’t see it. Maybe hearing what he has to say will provide more insight: here’s Kanye’s entire interview. Settle in: this video is nearly two hours long ;).
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