This week, actor Omar Epps joined in the trend after he made an appearance on The View
wearing a blazer with black pants and a skirt. And of course there were
folks who had something to say about it, including Brand Nubian’s Lord
He wrote on Twitter:
So now OMAR EPPS has joined the SKIRT GANG??? Say it sint
so!!! Old heads suppose to know better. Wish I could say I photo
shopped these pics of dudes in skirts to try & fool ya’ll b.u.t.
They’re actually wearing them. Smh.
What’s funny is
@omarepps new show “Resurrection” looks interesting & was on my radar to watch especially cause he’s in it. #whytheskirt?
I still might check it out, although we gotta let these SELL OUTS know
we not supporting them when they cross enemy lines. We need to start
putting these CLOWNS on trial for crimes against humanity! Just like
they did with complicit Nazi ‘ s .
Meanwhile, Omar didn’t take the criticism too lightly, and he took to
Instagram to explain his decision to wear the skirt by posting a photo
of men in an African tribe wearing traditional dresses, with the
It’s sad that we as African-Americans are so disconnected
from our true roots, our heritage & our lineage that most can’t see
the forest for the trees.
For me, it’s about celebrating and honoring
our ancestral history thru actions. I walk on the shoulders of the
ancients. And we’ve become so disconnected from our African roots that
we give credit to others (who came long after) for “creating” that of
which was our natural culture to begin with. We should embrace our
history and be proud of our heritage! #FactsOverFashionStatements
Lord Jamar snapped back:
So now n—as wanna flip it & bounce it & act like
they was doin some AFRICAN sh–t…yeah ok! GTFOH If that’s what u was doin
@omarepps then u should have verbally stated that when they made
u stand up & model for them. Ya’ll ain’t NEVER talkin bout AFRICA
any other time now that a conscious artist calls u out u wanna fall back
on the MOTHER LAND. Fashion makes a STATEMENT, this is why is called a
FASHION STATEMENT. ..duh. What STATEMENT are we making in skirts? What
may have been CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE thousands of years ago is no longer
the case. TODAY the CULTURAL ARCHETYPE is that skirts & anything
resembling them are for women. PERIOD! I am well informed Mr. @omarepps
let’s not even play these games. Dude tried to act like he was taking
some intellectual high road. SmhI & all people with intelligence
reject ur explanation @omarepps When we wear close we are often
trying to SEDUCE someone, we want them to be attracted to us by what we
have on…who u trying to attract?