Dear Kanye West,
We need to talk. During your lengthy interview with SHOWstudio yesterday, you had some interesting things to say on the subject of discrimination:
"I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay."
He kept going: "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."
So you're going to make history because you're a heterosexual man in fashion? Oh Kanye. Have you never heard of Ralph Lauren? Kenneth Cole? Roberto Cavalli? Christian Lacroix? Tommy Hilfiger? All male fashion designers who have left their stamp on the world, and all heterosexual.
This "misunderstood artist ahead of his time" complex of yours has gotten out of control. You have pretty much become that guy who's a total jerk but who thinks the reason no one wants to hang out with him is because they're just jealous.
Your friction with the fashion industry did not form because people just don't understand the greatness of Yeezy seasons 1 and 2, and it's not because the world is filled with simpletons who just aren't ready to handle a male fashion designer who isn't gay.
Maybe it's because you do really douchey, unethical things like wait until the last minute to announce your show at New York Fashion Week, completely screwing over other designers who had already reserved the same time slot. Maybe it's because, if your idea of shaking things up and breaking barriers is to step on other people, then no one's looking forward to it. And maybe, just maybe, it's because the clothes are kind of ugly.
I like you, Kanye. I want to continue liking you, because sometimes you say things that make me believe that you really do care about the impact you can have, things like this: "You have to know that you are somebody. You have to know that it’s possible whether you’re creative, whether you’re a black person in America, whether you’re a black person in London, you know, you have to know it’s possible. You have to see me keep winning against all odds. I will win until I die."
Get it together, Kanye.