It was recently announced that Young Thug would be part of Calvin Klein's new #mycalvins campaign for fall 2016, and as part of the campaign, Thug released a short promo video where he speaks about his views on gender:
“In my world, you can be a gangsta with a dress or you can be a gangsta with baggy pants. I feel like there’s no such thing as gender.”
Since bursting onto the scene with "Stoner," Young Thug hasn't shied away from being himself. Whether it was the blouse he wore for a magazine photo shoot or the many times he's had to defend the use of words like "baby" when referring to male friends, Thugga may indirectly be contributing to hip-hop being more accepting of gay and alternative lifestyles, a movement that's being echoed in larger American society.
Hip-hop specifically though has a long road to acceptance ahead of it. For example, following the recent tragic shooting in Orlando, Kid Cudi called out hip-hop's homophobia:
Cudi and Thug are largely anomalies in hip-hop so we won't pretend a Calvin Klein campaign is going to change the world, but regardless of what you think of his music, Young Thug's uniquely ambiguous stance is hopefully a positive step in the right direction for acceptance for all within hip-hop culture.
By @brokencool, who doesn't wear Calvins.
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