Has Kanye West’s Metrosexualism Gone Too Far?

Estava Morioka November 30, 2010 26

Generally speaking I am a huge fan of a very masculine man.  I like everything that represents masculinity – rough hands, deep voices, and giant Gaston from Beauty and the Beast-like jawlines. I love it all.  The only not-so-masculine man that I can say that

Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast"

I have ever had a crush on is Kanye West.  I’m a huge fan of his music, his mind, and his ability to totally recklessly disregard public opinion of him and his views.  Keeping his views and rants completely out of the equation, something has to be said for a man strong enough to not care what anybody thinks about him ever. I love it.  I respect it. I admire it.  But…there is a thick line between masculinity and what they call, “metrosexualism”.  And on Thanksgiving Kanye and a member of my family crossed that very same line.

I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time for about 25 people last Thursday. I had an apartment full of family and friends.  I made mac and cheese, dressing, collard greens, candied yams, fried chicken, turkey, ham, etc…And I did an amazing job with the help of my personal 1 day indentured servants, my little brother and my cousin Jimmy.  Jimmy traveled all the way to LA from Phoenix to come and hang out with the fam and me for the holiday.  Jimmy is one of my favorite people in the whole world.  He’s in his early 20′s, he has a heart of gold, very funny, and he’s a total ladies man.  Girls LOVE LOVE LOVE him.  He’s always talking about his newest conquest. He’s very attractive and he knows it.  He’s constantly in the mirror, flexing his muscles, brushing his hair, and studying his own face.  To an outsider it could be a bit annoying but as a family member you just get used to it and ignore it.

So anyways, I kept Jimmy and my little brother up all night on Thanksgiving eve with petty slave work while I cooked.  And then I woke them up early in the morning to continue cleaning, washing dishes, and about 776 trips to the local grocery store while I prepared the food.  We got all of 4 hours of sleep.  After I was done cooking everyone came over, we all ate and had a great time.  As the night whined down, the remaining stragglers and I chilled out and continued to laugh, tell jokes and surf the Internet on our respective laptops for funny YouTube videos that we could share with each other (we do this as a family all the time).  That’s when I came across this disturbing picture of Kanye West performing at the Thanksgiving day parade.

 

Kanye West Coat

Kanye West image courtesy of ConcreteLoop.com

I was confused. Why is Kanye wearing this amazing 3.1 Phillip Lim women’s coat???  I’m in love with Kanye, I’m in love with this coat, but not together.  Together, I hate them both! Was this Kanye or was this his ex Amber Rose with dark hair and black face makeup?  This is clearly a women’s coat. Kanye is a MAN!  Why is this happening? I’m not even going to talk about the sweatband around his head in 40º weather.  But this coat…(scratching my head).  This coat is HOT!  I want this coat! This is beyond metrosexual.  This right here is cross dressing! And Kanye has crossed the cross dressing line.

We all had a good laugh about this and then moved on to the next video.

In the corner of the room, I could see that the fatigued Jimmy was starting to drift off on my living room floor.  As it became obvious that he couldn’t keep his eyes open he looked at me and said “Nicol-eee, you have a scarf that I could use to tie up my hair with?”.  My immediate emotion was one so confused with laughter, irritation, and cluelessness, that I my whole body was frozen with bewilderment. I finally came to about 6 whole seconds later and I responded “Come again?” as I slowly turned my head about 45º, squinted my eyes, and furrowed my brow in puzzlement. Jimmy said “I need a scarf to tie my hair up with so that my hair doesn’t get ruined”.  I quickly replied “Hellz Naw!!!”  The room roared with laughter. I got up from the couch and proceeded to the kitchen to start cleaning.  I got about 20 minutes into the process when my little bother came into the kitchen and mouthed to me “GO LOOK AT JIMMY IN THE LIVING ROOM”.  I went into the living room only to find Jimmy preparing to tie his hair up with one of my scarves, that he stole from my dresser in my bedroom!!!!!  I yelled “ARE YOU SERIOUSLY STEALING ONE OF MY SCARVES??? ARE YOU THAT PRESSED???”  He very calmly said …”yes”. In that moment I concluded that Jimmy was a hardcore metrosexual and I didn’t want to stand in the way of that. So I gave him the rattiest oldest scarf that I could find so that he could tie up his hair and shut the eff up.

I had to get a pic.  Here he is in my old ratty scarf

Jimmy in a ratty scarf

I hadn’t laughed so hard within a 30 minute period since I saw comedienne Aja Kimm perform at our Eye Candy Comedy show.   But for now, I have my work cut out for me. I have to track Kanye’s 3.1 Phillip Lim coat down because its going to go perfect with this sexy red strapless cocktail dress from the Estava Morioka collection.

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26 Comments »

  1. Taylor is not a yuppie name!! November 30, 2010 at 2:14 am - Reply

    see what sleep deprivation can do? i’ve asked for all manner of real girlish things when about to lose consciousness…none of which i will tell you about. :-p

    as to the blog substance: i’m the kind of guy who doesn’t shave, doesn’t mind hol…e-y socks, bites his nails for a manicure [NOT a pedicure]; i have absolutely no idea why that coat he’s wearing is so feminine [and i'm intrigued by the numbers: 3.1? sounds so...precise...], so i guess i’m not in the least metrosexual, as most people would define it.

    but showering, smelling nice, generally attempting to dress nice [no hole-y SHIRTS, only tastefully hole-y PANTS, and as few hole-y socks as possible], and more or less take care of yourself, are the kind of basic things that most dudes would agree are kinda necessities, especially if we want any q-time w/the opposite sex. i kinda feel like the line is perhaps a lil’ finer than even i’d care to admit, in my general simpleness, and i also think it’s rather subjective, too; if the chicks you mess with like you like that, then more power to you.

    having said that, i have a hard time appreciating ANYTHING Kanye does, because, contrary to popular opinion, i find his brazenness indicative of a deeper lack of real self-esteem, and as such, pretty friggin’ irritating. but then again, i’m no Charles Atlas [Jesus, how old am i right now...], so maybe i’m just being a hater. still, he’s such a proponent of extremes, that metrosexualism, which already is good hygiene on crack, would obviously be taken to Meth/Speedball levels w/him. so, i’m not surprised you felt that line was so crossed.

    still, i guess, fundamentally? to each his own.

    …and nik, you got any more rags you don’t use? i need to tie up my dreads @ night, and i don’t have the heart to go buy a do-rag myself.

    …forget about the fact that i have the heart to ask you for one on Facebook. that’s immaterial. :-D

    • Estava Morioka November 30, 2010 at 2:26 am - Reply

      Hahahaha…I love this. Lmao!! Im laughing so hard that I cant even reply to any one specific thing in here.
      Im laughing at
      i have absolutely no idea why that coat he’s wearing is so feminine [and i'm intrigued by the numbers: 3.1? sounds so...precise...], so i guess i’m not in the least metrosexual, as most people would define it.
      and
      i have absolutely no idea why that coat he’s wearing is so feminine [and i'm intrigued by the numbers: 3.1? sounds so...precise...], so i guess i’m not in the least metrosexual, as most people would define it.
      and
      Charles Atlas [Jesus, how old am i right now...]
      and
      …and nik, you got any more rags you don’t use? i need to tie up my dreads @ night, and i don’t have the heart to go buy a do-rag myself.

      …forget about the fact that i have the heart to ask you for one on Facebook. that’s immaterial.

  2. Marvin November 30, 2010 at 2:34 am - Reply

    In Hip-Hop its all about flashiness. As a guy most of us will not tell that it is a womens coat from a mans coat. Most likely the only people that will know is the womnen and the women will know that coat most likely represents high fashion. Therefore making Kanye some type of trendsetter and envelope pusher.

    • Estava Morioka December 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      I sure hope that a man can tell the difference from a womans coat and a mens coat. I know that “celebs” are suppose to push the envelope just so that they can make headlines. I just think that there is a certain line that must not be crossed so that a person can maintain their dignity. Kane just crossed it in my eyes. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Kissie November 30, 2010 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I love this, very well written! How precise! You made me use all of my senses, can I get a guest post? ;-)
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    • Estava Morioka December 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      HI Kissie! You want to guest post here or you want me to guest post for you?

      • Kissie December 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm - Reply

        You for me!

        I’ll have to be able to contribute something worthwhile here before I will even attempt to guest post here. :D
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  4. wholesale clothing November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I enjoy seeing those folks who cross these imaginary cultural-gender lines, and look so good doing it! I think Kayne looks pretty sharp. Masculinity, balanced with femininity makes a balanced person.

    • Estava Morioka December 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      I see your point. I guess I’m just a fan of the macho man. I’m super feminine so the last thing that I want to see in a man is anything feminine. Its always nice to get both sides of the spectrum. Obviously, there is a whole group of people out there that loves the balanced man. I’m just not one of them. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Beth Owens December 3, 2010 at 5:15 am - Reply

    I love that Kanye speaks his mind.

    Good for him.

    Beth

  6. Udegbunam Chukwudi December 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Some guys just love to push it to the limit. Some levels of metrosexualisnm are just too severe for me to understand and they leave me almost screaming, “Could you please just leap out of the closet?”
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  7. Samantha Dermot January 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Some guys find it cool to have that kind of style. Personally, I think the style just fit him. Not a typical boy next door or bad boy image or something.
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  8. jake@free rap beats February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    lol I completely understand your frustrations but just remember it could get a lot worse!!

  9. Dr. Chris Mohler DDS@Dentist in Bluffton February 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    At first glance you don’t even Kanye is wear a womans coat but after you pointed it out. It is very obvious that it is a womans coat.

  10. Rae@Rug Cleaning Encino March 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Kanye West is a metro sexual trying to rap and do hip hop. When I was a kid that would have never happened!!!!

  11. Tony July 14, 2011 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I would definitely agree that Kanye West has taken metro sexuality too far. I think it is easily turning into a case of the emperors new clothes!

    • Estava Morioka July 14, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

      lol…well, he has a line coming out so hes gonna literally have “New Clothes”. thanks for the comment Tony!

    • Estava Morioka July 14, 2011 at 9:39 am - Reply

      lol…well, he has a line coming out so hes gonna literally have “New Clothes”. thanks for the comment Tony

  12. Michelle July 22, 2011 at 5:13 am - Reply

    I wonder why more and more men turn to be metrosexual everyday. This is very alarming, knowing that there are more women than men. Perhaps allowing the straight men to marry 2 girls will solve the problem. lol

  13. kelli August 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Don’t know but here in my country, men think it’s cute but not for me. It would be okay for women to do that but not men.
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