American rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and lyrical genius, Kanye West has spoken out about the discrimination he believes he has encountered as a fashion designer during an interview with SHOWstudio’s Lou Stoppard.
The 38-year old who in the past has said that he “was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn,” believes that his heterosexuality has been a barrier for his career as a fashion designer.
“I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay,” Kanye West told Lou Stoppard in their two-hour interview.
The “so credible and so influential and so relevant” West recognised that openly gay people still faced barriers in the world of hip hop, however also implied that he has been groundbreaking in the world of fashion, in the same way that Frank Ocean was groundbreaking in coming out as bisexual in the world of hip hop.
“In music, you definitely get discriminated in music if you are gay. It takes amazing talents to break down barriers,”
“Everyone thought that when Frank Ocean dropped that it was going to be bad for his career. I feel like it’s so cliché to speak about him as it relates to this subject, but there are people who broke the ground and he broke the ground. The people that break the stereotypes make history.”
“The voice of a generation,” explained to Stoppard how proud he is to have Caitlyn Jenner in his family, and how he is becoming adjusted to accepting her transition.
“The first thing I thought about was a black radio show host maybe possibly making jokes because the black culture is generally homophobic,”
“Then it was like, ‘Fuck what people say. Fuck what people think.’ I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for generations to come. I’m still getting acquainted to what’s politically correct to say, though.”
Last Updated on Oct 8, 2015
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