Hip hop star Kid Cudi has harsh words for fans who hate his nail polish / LGBTQ Nation
Kid Cudi at the “Westworld” Season 3 premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX on March 5, 2020 in Los Angeles.Photo: Shutterstock
Grammy-winning rapper Kid Cudi took to Twitter this weekend to address the toxicity and negativity he receives on his social media when he posts a photo of himself with his fingernails painted.
The straight cisgender musician is known to challenge gender roles, such as when he wore a dress during his Saturday Night Live first performance in April, as a tribute to late rockstar Kurt Cobain. But he admitted he was “fed up” with the continued attacks on his appearance.
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It all started when Cudi posted a selfie on social media, including Instagram. Wear one Star wars-like a helmet, he captioned the photo “Mando Cud”.
Cudi is holding the peace sign and two of her fingernails are shown – manicured and painted with nail polish, one in orange and the other in blue.
The photo has garnered nearly 160,000 likes on Instagram, and the comments under Cudi’s post regularly receive thousands of comments from his 2.9 million followers.
The post also came on the anniversary of one of his first and biggest hits, “Day n ‘Nite,” which made the rapper a worldwide sensation. But instead, he spent the day dealing with enemies on his fingernails.
The comments under this post were enough for the artist to remove them from the post altogether.
Cudi then posted a tweet, stating: “[I] I have disabled my comments on instagram. Looks like people really have a hard time painting my nails. I was tired of blocking so many accounts.
That’s when he made it clear that he didn’t want support from anyone who had a problem with the appearance of his hands.
“I really need you to understand, if you don’t like me doing this or whatever I’m doing, please don’t buy my albums, don’t come to my shows. from afar.
He immediately posted “Thanx” in his next tweet.
I have disabled my comments on instagram. Looks like people really have a hard time painting my nails. I’m sick of blocking so many accounts. I really need you to understand, if you don’t like me doing this or whatever I’m doing, please don’t buy my albums, don’t come to my shows. Fuck from afar.
– The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 17, 2021
Thank you ️😘
– The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 17, 2021
The post earned Cudi a wave of support from fans over the next few days.
Many have voiced the issue of toxic masculinity in hip-hop and America in general, and some have even shown their own manicured nails or looks that challenge stereotypical gender norms.
Many have even quoted Cudi himself, using comments he made on an episode of the HBO show. The shop: without interruption, right after her SNL performance in the Cobain inspired dress.
“It’s so funny, it’s crazy that I stirred it like that,” he said at the time. “If that’s what I’m supposed to do, so be it.” I wanna be a disruptor, I wanna fuck the shit. And that’s cool, because I also give kids confidence and tell them to be themselves and do whatever they want to do.
No matter what you post, people will find something to criticize. It’s a weird mentality, but it’s ubiquitous on social media
I’m sorry you had to experience it. It’s a weird energy
– Hip Hop in numbers (@HipHopNumbers) July 17, 2021
Do whatever you want, Cudi, painted nails are royal shit
– Hot vax mookie betts apologist sparks 🖤🥂⚾️🏀 (@kyliesparks) July 17, 2021
how are guys so fragile they go crazy about painting
– brandon (@brndxq) July 17, 2021
Your nails started a great conversation between the husband and me. He wants to paint his nails. I watch nerdy nail wraps because I ️. Thanks for helping him see that all is well.
– 📎Carolina Roman 🐜 (@ fujikakes17) July 18, 2021
Masculinity is all about having self-confidence, it doesn’t matter if you are wearing a dress, painting your nails, or wearing a Gucci bob. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. I salute you cudi to be yourself no matter what. Huge inspiration.
– samir🥶🥶🥶 (@Thejuansamir) July 17, 2021
My brother, I wasn’t going to post anything but I had a pedicure with my girlfriend today and it was glorious. I didn’t take a picture afterwards but had my nails painted black. I am bouta do my nails in solidarity. pic.twitter.com/CQxWoCu5bI
– Commie Decentral (@jbmerrifield) July 18, 2021
I started doing mine at the start of this year, and let me tell you fuck you lol. Here is also my favorite set that I got so far. pic.twitter.com/tTfIZyx9IQ
– Edgardo (@ PugaMaster69) July 18, 2021
Kid Cudi is far from alone in receiving hateful responses and homophobic attacks for doing something that is not considered “manly” behavior.
Several artists who challenge gender norms regularly receive negative feedback to “promote” an appearance that does not stereotypically correspond to the male or female gender binary.
Real people who identify outside of the gender binary, and other artists like rapper Lil Nas X, regularly face anti-LGBTQ and fanatic remarks.
We love you! Ignore the enemies, they are unsure of their own masculinity and putting other men down makes them feel better about themselves. They are low AF.
– chris evans (@chris_notcapn) July 19, 2021
I love nails !!! I’m still waiting for you to drop a line of Cudi nail polish !!! 👀
– katt (@Katts_Art) July 17, 2021