Omar Epps made a fashion-forward move by rocking a leather skirt on “The View” this week. While host Sherri Shepherd called his wardrobe choice “amazing,” several Twitter users, including actor and M.C. Lord Jamar, voiced a very different opinion.
The Brand Nubian rapper, who was the most vocal of the bunch, went on a Twitter rant about the skirt-wearing trend in Hollywood. During his public-bashing session, he called the Love & Basketball actor a sell out and clown.
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 .
Epps replied to the criticism in a more mature way. The star of ABC’s new show “Resurrection” schooled Lord Jamar with a history lesson and said “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,” he shared on Instagram. “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!”
He ended his message with hashtags #FactsOverFashionStatements, #RealityCrushesPerception and #3rdEyeClarity.
Of course, Lord Jamar had more to say:
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?
Click through the gallery below to see even more Black men in Hollywood who’ve rocked a skirt or kilt. Then, tell us your thoughts on the bold fashion statement in the comment section!
1. Who Wears The Pants?
...not these men! Celebs in Black Hollywood have been embracing skirts and kilts and what may have started as stage costumes is now becoming a full on trend. See the men who have stepped out of the box to try this trend.
2. Omar Epps
Epps caught flack from Brand Nubian rapper M.C. Lord Jamar after wearing a kilt on "The View." "“For me, it’s about celebrating and honoring our ancestral history thru actions. I walk on the shoulders of the ancients," the actor responded on Instagram. (Read more here: http://bit.ly/1dQTpQo)
3. Kanye West
Kanye infamously rocked Givenchy leather kilts during his "Watch The Throne" tour with Jay-Z. While other high end designers like Commes des Garçons, Raf Simmons and Rick Owens have incorporated kilts into their menswear collections in recent years, designers like Jean Paul Gaultier have been sending them down the runway since the '80s.
4. Forrest Whitaker
Let's not forget that in 2007 Forrest Whitaker famously wore kilts in "Last King of Scotland," a performance that won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
5. Andre 3000
In 2007 Andre 3000 also sported a kilt at the aisle in his fictional wedding in the OutKast and UGK music video for "International Players Anthem." “I got Scottish in my family,” he joked when his boys looked at him crazy for his plaid wedding-day look.
6. Kid Cudi
Back in 2010, rapper Kid Cudi proudly brought in the New Year in a black tee, shades and green kilt.
7. R. Kelly
Kells rocked a leather skirt on stage during a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in 2012. We couldn’t help but to ask, “Did Yeezy teach you, too?”
8. Mos Def
Yasiin Bey, who now lives in Cape Town, South Africa, recently said he likes to lounge in his wrap from Ghana. He added, it’s “what I’m comfortable in at home.”
9. A$AP Rocky
ASAP showed up to "106 & Park" in this ensemble complete with leggings timbs and a trench coat, but the tie-dye creation was actually a full on dress.
10. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg tried out the kilt trend at the MTV Europe Music Video Awards back in 2007. We haven’t seen him rocking pleads since.
11. Al Roker
NBC’s Al Roker walked in Sean Connery‘s “Dress to Kilt” fashion show in 2010. He told the Wall Street Journal, “it takes a real man to walk around in a skirt with nothing underneath it.” We must agree, Al.
12. Danny Ware and Ahmad Bradshaw
Yes, even NFL players are embracing kilts!
13. Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson
Although many have tried the look, Chad Johnson is one of the few male celebs have seen rock a kilt on more than one occasion.
14. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel had too much fun in his kilt. So much, he had to let out a little twirl.
15. Samuel L. Jackson
The actor wore a kilt in 2001’s "Formula 51." Just for fun, he continued the look on the red carpet for the film’s premiere.
Diddy fully embraced the Scottish spirit while performing in Glasgow in 2010. As they say, while in Rome…
17. Jermaine Jackson
Michael Jackson's brother “kilt” it during a recent performance in Scotland, literally. We can’t decide if Jermaine or Diddy rocked it better, but we must say the Jackson 5 star gave Puffy a run for his money.
Coolio seemed to fall in love with his kilt after rocking the piece in Glasgow last year.