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While I’m on team Let’s Not Judge People By What They Wear, as we told you about earlier in the week, folks have been trying to call Omar Epps a “sellout” and call out his masculinity because he made the choice to wear a leather (or pleather?) skirt during his appearance on The View last week. The one leading the charge against him has been rapper Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian fame, and the one defending him has been his good friend, comedian Marlon Wayans, as Jamar and Wayans had a Twitter beef over the skirt during this past weekend. But Omar Epps has decided to speak for himself, and he did, recently stating this on Twitter:

“The uninformed couldn’t understand my contemporary ode to my Zulu warrior roots. The Massai, Fante, etc. It’s tribal, study our history..”

He has since further explained himself, doing so on Instagram this week. He posted the following picture and basically said that before people start associating femininity with skirts, they learn something about our history:

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#RealityCrushesPerception #3rdEyeClarity

Of course, Lord Jamar, who is super invested in this anti-skirt movement, responded to Epps’ “3rdEyeClarity” and called it BS:

So now ni**as wanna flip it & bounce it & act like they was doin some AFRICAN s**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. Smh

I & 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?

This is all so interesting. I understand that some black men feel that to wear a skirt is a feminizing the brothas, especially when you do it on national television and in front of the world, but if YOU feel that way, then YOU avoid skirts. My whole issue is with people being so concerned about what someone else puts on their body and treating that person the enemy because of the fashion statement THEY wanted to make. What’s that really about?

Anywho, share your thoughts on what Epps had to say, and Lord Jamar’s response to it all, below.


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