While others pointed out that transgender people have been subjected to hostility or violence for wearing clothing similar to the rapper’s, some praised the rapper for his gender-nonconforming apparel. Other people pointed out that transgender people have worn clothing similar to the rapper.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have spoken out against the overwhelmingly favorable reception that Kid Cudi’s presence on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live received on the internet. The episode in question featured Cudi as a guest host. These individuals have drawn a comparison between the praise given on the internet for the rapper’s performance and the bullying that transgender persons experience when they dress comparably.
During his performance on the show of his song “Sad People,” the rapper wore a floral outfit by Off-White that was floor-length and covered in flowers. Off-White is responsible for the design of the clothing.
An homage to Kurt Cobain.
Cudi asserted that the outfit was an homage to Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana, who appeared on the cover of Face magazine in 1993 wearing a dress that was strikingly identical to the one that Cudi wore.
The clothing was worn to commemorate the passing of Kurt Cobain on the anniversary of his death. Even though many people on social media commended Kid Cudi for channeling Kurt Cobain’s gender-nonconforming fashion sense, some brought up the issue of a double standard.
The model and activist Munroe Bergdorf wrote in an Instagram post, “Let’s remember that they also won’t face nearly as much hate or physical risk that openly queer ppl would when they perform the exact same thing.”
“As heartwarming as it is to observe cisgender, heterosexual men expressing femininity through the use of clothing, let us not forget that these individuals are not going to be subjected to nearly the same level of verbal or physical harassment as openly gay people would be if they engaged in the same behavior.”
In the thread’s comments, one person stated that “it feels unfair that cis hetero males get praised for what trans folks were bullied and died for,” and this person was correct in their assessment. For them, it’s nothing more than a passing fad or an excuse to dress up, but for transgender people, it might mean the difference between living and dying.” According to the Human Rights Campaign, thirteen transgender persons were killed in 2021, a 333% increase from the three transgender people killed in 2020. In 2020, there were three transgender people killed.
Eden Loweth, the creative director of the unisex design label Art School, made the following remark about [Kid Cudi]: “[Kid Cudi] will be able to avoid the day-to-day threats that most people like me would suffer when we wear comparable clothing on the street.” [Kid Cudi] will be able to avoid the day-to-day threats that most people like me would suffer when we wear comparable clothing on the street
Dr. Kit Heyam, an academic researcher and trans awareness trainer, has voiced his disagreement about how Kid Cudi uses his platform. “I am disappointed that [he] elected not to see that the stakes for him, as a cis man wearing a dress, are much lower than for trans women and trans femmes,” he commented. “I am sorry that [he] opted not to realize the stakes for him as a cis man wearing a dress.” “It is unfortunate that [he] chose not to realize that the stakes for him, as a cis male wearing a dress,” you said. “I am sorry that [he] did not.”
The LGBTQ+ Controversy
Heyman continued, “While I wish we lived in a world where cis men and everyone else could just wear dresses incidentally – without it being freighted with political significance, without it creating a huge political platform for them, and without them having a responsibility to talk about transmisogynistic violence when they do so,” she said. “While I wish we lived in a world where cis men and everyone else could wear dresses incidentally.” “While it’s true that I wish we lived in a world where everyone, even cis males, could just wear dresses unintentionally,”
Loweth was of the opinion that the work being done by Cudi’s group did not have any broader political significance. The next said, “I honestly didn’t consider it an allyship moment.” It’s just a costume for the performance, and I don’t even think it qualifies as bravery because it’s just for show.”
Cudi’s Off-White gown has also inspired many people to question whether or not clothing should be categorized according to gender. This question was triggered by the fact that Cudi wore the dress. Loweth is adamant that this is not the case and that they should not be.
He also believes that this should not be the case. According to Loweth, “starting at a very early age, society propagates narratives onto products,” which restricts and negatively influences our children’s developing minds.
According to Ryan Butcher, the editor of Pink News, it is irresponsible to confuse “cisgender individuals exploring the bounds and norms of their own masculinity with the terrible abuse of trans folks.” In other words, this is a mistake.
He elucidated for me that “these are two separate conversations” by saying so. As he put it, he argued that mainstream society ought to have already been having conversations “about the rising violence against trans people, the inequities trans people suffer in all sectors of life, and the way militant transphobia has been co-opted by the religious right to pursue evangelical goals.” He pointed out that mainstream society ought to have already been having conversations “about the rising violence against trans people.”
When the British musician Harry Styles was featured on the cover of the American edition of Vogue in November 2016, he was seen wearing a Gucci ballgown. This appearance caused a flurry of media attention. Conservative commentators like Candace Owens, who referred to the photo spread as an attack on “western civilization,” expressed their outrage in response to this news, which grabbed their attention.