Kid Cudi has spoken out about why he chose to wear a dress on Saturday Night Live during his performance back in April.
The rapper took to the stage singing a rendition of his song Sad People while wearing a white floor-length floral dress designed by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh.
Cudi later discussed Kurt Cobain’s influence on HBO Max’s The Shop: Uninterrupted.
“The image of seeing Kurt Cobain in a dress was very rock’n’roll to me,” he said, as per NME. “That was cool. So I already made my mind up years ago that I wanted to do this. And it’s cool because I’m also giving confidence to the kids and telling them to be themselves and do what they want to do.”
He added that he knew other rappers such as Kanye West “respects [him] for it,” despite not speaking to him about the bold move.
When asked if he was bothered by other people’s opinions, he replied, “I’m more like, ‘Hmm, I wonder why they feel that way… Fuck ’em.'”
He continued, “I’ve never been someone who’s like thinking about the backlash. I don’t give a fuck about what anyone thinks. You can’t when you’re doing this shit. I knew it would piss some people off, but I love that. Because hip-hop is so weird about shit.
“I’ve already seen people making YouTube videos where they’re just strictly talking about me and this dress. Like grown men angry, grown Black men angry. ‘He’s doing something against men and masculinity, it’s a big thing going on…’ And I just be like, ‘Yo, this is so funny, this is crazy that I’ve stirred it up like this.'”
After his performance, Cudi thanked designer Abloh on Twitter, writing, “Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made masterpiece. Thank You @virgilabloh ur a fuckin genius!! Love you man we did it!!!”
Cudi has also been pretty open about his mental health, posting to Instagram earlier this month. “Sadness eats away at me sometimes,” he said, “How do I deal? A lot of u hit me and ask how I get through. Truthfully, idk. Some days are great, others not so great. I just try to believe God has something better for me.”
While there has been an outpouring of support for Cudi, some members of the LGBTQ+ community feel his performance was insulting…