First was his insistence he should be in the Bible. Then came the outcry on stage that Beyonce should’ve beat Taylor Swift. Then came the announcement that he will run for president in 2020. Now rapper Kanye West is saying that he is being discriminated against. For being straight.
While talking to SHOWstudio on Tuesday, West shared some concerns about his Yeezy fashion line and his efforts regarding breaking into the fashion industry.
“I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay,” he said. “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.”
During the interview, West also discussed Bruce-turned-Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic star who has since come out as a transgender woman. West is married to Kim Kardashian, the step-daughter of Jenner and daughter of Kim Kardashian. It was West, who made waves within the family as being a strong supporter of Jenner’s decision to come out.
“The first thing I thought about was a black radio show host maybe possibly making jokes because the black culture is generally homophobic,” West said. “Then it was like, ‘F–k what people say. F–k 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.”
The hip-hop star has made headlines in the past for his antics and beliefs. During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West jumped on stage and snatched the microphone from Taylor Swift, who had just won best video of the year.
“”Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” he said to mixed reaction of cheers for Beyoncé, boos for taking the microphone from Swift and confusion as to what was going on.
West also made headlines at this year’s VMAs when he announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election. No word on what his platform would be.
West’s full remarks with SHOWstudio can be seen below.