Omar Epps Schools Social Media Followers on History of His Skirt Style

The actor talks about African tribes and their traditional garb.

Posted: 03/14/2014 12:16 PM EDT
Omar Epps

Omar Epps received some criticisms after he appeared on The View wearing a skirt, with folks like rapper Lord Jamar saying skirts should only be worn by women. The actor finally took to Twitter to drop some knowledge on those who were calling his masculinity into question.

"The uninformed couldn't understand my contemporary ode to my Zulu warrior roots. The Massai, Fante, etc. It's tribal, study our history," Epps wrote.

Of course, Jamar wasn't buying any of this and continued to blast Epps over Twitter saying, "What may have been CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE thousands of years ago is no longer the case…TODAY the CULTURAL ARCHETYPE is that skirts & anything resembling them are for women. PERIOD!"

Epps gave a longer explanation on Instagram where he shared a photo of African tribes in their traditional garbs.

"It's sad that we as African-Americans are so disconnected from our true roots, our heritage & our lineage that most can't see the forest for the trees," he wrote. "For me, it's about celebrating and honoring our ancestral history thru actions. I walk on the shoulders of the ancients. And we've become so disconnected from our African roots that we give credit to others (who came long after) for 'creating' that of which was our natural culture to begin with. We should embrace our history and be proud of our heritage!"


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(Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

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