During a lengthy interview with SHOWstudio, Kanye West found a lot of things to engage in discussion about, like how he’s hoping for a son and how his daughter North is his greatest inspiration. At one point, the conversation led toward the rapper explaining the difference between being discriminated against in the music and fashion industry.
“I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay,” said Kanye. “In music, you definitely get discriminated in music if you are gay. It takes amazing talents to break down barriers. Everyone thought that when Frank Ocean dropped that it was going to be bad for his career. I feel like it’s so cliché to speak about him as it relates to this subject, but there are people who broke the ground and he broke the ground. The people that break the stereotypes make history.”
Coming from a sector in music that is a predominantely black space, Kanye acknowledged that people within the black community have a tendency to be more homophobic whereas the white-washed fashion world is more accepting of homosexuality before race. It’s certainly a bold statement to make, but with a trailblazing figure like Caitlyn Jenner in his life, it’s a comment that shouldn’t be ignored. “I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for generations to come,” said Kanye. “I’m still getting acquainted to what’s politically correct [to say].”
Watch the interview in its entirety above.