Kanye West set Twitter ablaze last night when he stepped onstage at the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert wearing a leather skirt. His fashion statement spawned a satirical Twitter account and several jokes that touched upon his sexuality and race.

Fashionista gathered a couple of sample tweets in response to his skirt:

“Kanye must have swapped suitcases with Kim Kardashian.”
“‘Wear this black trash bag as a skirt. Then, just kinda run around the stage scaring white people’ – Kanye West’s manager before the show”
“Maybe a new item from the Kardashian collection?”
“I like Kanye’s skirt. Also, his hoodie says “PYREX” cuz he must like to bake too.”

Fellow rapper Cam’ron tweeted: “Pyrex and a skirt? Sh*t ain’t adding up And if u co-sign this I’m blocking u!! Straight up. Ima have to save us.”

Killa Cam, the savior of black manhood?

The reaction was a tad unnerving to say the least.

For one, this isn’t Kanye West’s first time in a skirt. He also isn’t the only male celebrity to wear one. Glamazons Blog notes that Kanye also wore a Givenchy skirt during his “Watch The Throne” tour and names four other men, including David Beckham and Diddy, who have worn skirts or kilts. Necole Bitchie notes that A$ap Rocky rocked a dress (or long t-shirt) recently on 106 & Park.

In an age where men frequent spas, polish their nails and even wear makeup and leggings, is it that surprising to see a man in a leather skirt? Notions of masculinity are so rigid in our culture that a man wearing a skirt becomes headline news, even when it shouldn’t.

What do you think of Kanye West wearing a skirt, Clutchettes? Was it a big deal to you?

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  • Bosslady

    It’s a kilt….BUT Kanye has been rocking kilts for over a year now…Why is this “news?!” I guess none of his “fans” went to the Watch the Throne tour, as he was wearing a kilt at the DC performance, and all of the other performances from the pictures I’ve seen. Why this is making “headwaves” only God knows…

  • no big deal..at all

  • who cares? check out this video: http://youtu.be/3y8H-ft0LgY

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  • The Patriot

    Society is very shallow when it comes to masculinity. I’m convinced that the reason why society is going downhill is because of extremists who are still “living in the 1950s.” Also, I’ve seen more than 15 men wearing kilts and skirts of some sort since the turn of the century, and I’m amazed that most Americans believe that attractiveness belongs only to women. This is nothing less than pure misandry. Furthermore, what I really cannot stand are totalitarian dictators who say that men should not wear skirts, as this is no different from saying men should not eat hamburgers, or that women should not drive Toyota’s. I thought America was founded on freedom of choice/equal opportunity.