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.”
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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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