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I’m not always up-to-date on the latest men’s fashions, but I do know where to draw the line: Kanye West’s skirt.

Yes, a skirt.

During last week’s 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, West, 35, performed wearing a black leather skirt and leggings.

I realize that some artists are a bit eccentric and are often over-the-top, but West, dressing like a lady, just looked ridiculous, outrageous and silly.

Perhaps it was actually trendy and I just overlooked his brilliance. But I don’t think so.

What’s next: A tutu?

West’s outfit certainly got loads of reaction, mostly in the form of jokes, especially since West is dating the highly over-exposed Kim Kardashian.

“Maybe a new item from the Kardashian collection?” one Twitter user joked.

“Kanye must have swapped suitcases with Kim Kardashian,” another person commented.

Here are a few more wisecracks posted on USA Today’s website:

– “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”

– “Kanye West looks like the episode when Steve Urkel became a cheerleader!!!!”

This wasn’t the first time that West has performed in clothing that looked like it was designed for women. He once appeared on stage wearing a paisley silk blouse.

C’mon West. Really?

I agree with President Barack Obama’s assessment of West.

“He is a jackass,” Obama said in a magazine article this summer. “But he’s talented.”

For young black boys who are easily blinded by bling, West is the worst kind of role model.

Yes, he is a talented musical artist, but that’s not enough. He doesn’t use his celebrity status to uplift black boys who have lost their way. He never talks about the significance of a college education. He rarely speaks out about black-on-black crime since the leading cause of death for young black men in homicide.

In Chicago, for example, in the first half of this year, 201 of the 259 homicide victims were African American. While blacks make up about 33 percent of the city’s population, they accounted for nearly 78 percent of the homicide victims through the first six months of 2012.

And I’ve never heard West talk about how young black men should treat women with more respect.

Maybe I’m asking too much from West. After all, this is the same guy who removed his lower row of teeth and replaced them with pressurized carbon diamonds.

“I just like diamond teeth and I didn’t feel like having to take them out all the time,” West said in a Vanity Fair article.

“I just thought that diamonds were cooler,” West told Ellen Degeneres. “It’s just something that rock stars are supposed to do.”

Let me get this right: So now West is a rock star? And what rock stars have replaced their teeth with diamonds? Mick Jagger?  Bon Jovi? Bruce Springstein? Santana? None of the above.

West is a mess. His thinking is irrational. His clothing is questionable.  His outbursts on stage are peculiar.

And his new diamond-bling smile seems like a desperate cry for attention.

It’s time for West to drop the dresses and man-up.

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12 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: It’s Time for Kanye West to Man Up

  1. Dr. George Moorman on said:

    Join me in a moment of silence @ 12am New Years Eve. Maybe if we start with calm we’ll experience more instances of calm for the year ahead. Every year we have started with a bang and its been bang, bang, bang all year long!!!

  2. LeonardCinNorfolk, VA on said:

    I think Black people have far more isssues to discuss than Mr.West wearing a dress. Let him exert his feminine side, because he has been itching to show it for years and show off his bi-gender appreciation many men hide with all the power in their being. Plus your criticism of his wearing a dress (or hip-hop kilt) is like denouncing women for wearing pants or driving. Time to put your 21st century thinking cap and pants on and write about more imporant issues such as “why are so many black youth blowing each other’s head off.”

  3. Get a life media-mongers. Mr. West is greiving and in pain! Anything he does is alright with me as a survivor who lost my mother I will always feel a void and will never be complete! All those so called “Rock Stars” you mentioned in your articles, what have they done to decrease or address Black on Black crime? Here you go again blaming the victim! I emplore all non-Blacks, all non-African Americans to aide and address the current state of Anarchy in our communities, the crime, unemployment, ect. ect. ect. And ” GIVE US OUR 40 ACRES AND A MULE”!!!

  4. Bill F. on said:

    Brother Cottman – loosen up! I’m sure you know, but maybe you forgot that sarongs are worn extensively in Africa, meaning that it is part of our heritage. Calling it a “skirt” is demeaning and petty. Finding fault with each other is one of the things we do best, sorry to see you stooping to a cheap jab like questioning his manhood because of an article of clothing. You probably feel the same way about earrings and scarves – just as you enjoy your “Poindexter”-like appearance and expect no one to draw conclusions about your masculinity or sexual proclivities accord him the same courtesy. We all have our own styles – this is a free country. May not be to your liking, but he’s pulling Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian. Who you with?

  5. The Rain on said:

    Bull sh*t, this idiot did too have a dad.He split time between the mother in Chicago and the dad in Atlanta. His mother just had more influence on him like most black women with black boys, and this is the finished product.

  6. Hate hate hate, proud of yourself for saying such nasty things about West. Whatever! This is a young man who came into fame; young. Who lost his mom as a surprise, Who never had a real man to teach him anything.. You set a fine example of what’s wrong with educated black people. You have no compassion and and your not setting a great example neither.. Your just into the presumption of hate.. Kudos to you.. Your doing a fine job of the crabs in the basket mentality. Is this the way it is? Spread hate? We know he got some issues, but is this the way.. Oh I get it. No real humanity for this young black man who has got some money and sang in a leather kelt.and who did not rob or steal for it.. Let’s get on the bandwagon and hate.. Biblical days, men wore skirts and dresses. This entertainer should be able to express himself just as you are right now spreading your hate for Kanye West.. We don’t love our young black men, we hate them just like the masses do. wow

  7. On another blog I said that somewhere in the course of his travels, Kanye had been designated an honorary Scotsman. He probably drew the line with their plaid attired kilts, “that won’t work for me” but black leather will. What you actually saw Michael, was Kanye in a black leather kilt with leggings, The only things missing was a tam on his head and some bagpipes. But then again Kanye’s a rapper and bagpipes wouldn’t fit in with his performances.

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