The media’s angle for attacking Melania Trump invariably involves overthinking her fashion choices.
But here’s the perfect fusion of lefty race-crybullying and fashion obsession, courtesy of CNN, the news network of America’s airports.
Melania Trump’s latest white hat evokes colonialist comparison – CNN
But when she moved on to her next activity, a guided safari a half-hour later at the adjacent Nairobi National Park, the first lady had added an accessory to her get up: a pristine white pith helmet. It was very “Out of Africa,” an homage perhaps to the fabled 1985 Meryl Streep and Robert Redford film, in which Streep stars as Karen Blixen, an independent woman who takes over a farm in rural Kenya in the 1920s.
However, with the hat, Trump’s outfit might have tipped the scales, moving from a practical accessory dangerously close to costume territory evocative of colonialists.The hat was widely used by European militaries in their colonies throughout Africa and in India, according to Gentleman’s Gazette, and became a popular sun hat for civilian Europeans visiting or living in colonies in the 1930s. US President Theodore Roosevelt wore his pith helmet while on the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition after his presidency in 1909.
Matt Carotenuto, a historian and coordinator of African Studies at St. Lawrence University, compared the hat choice to “(showing) up on an Alabama cotton farm in a confederate uniform,”…
The pith helmet has an obvious practical purpose. It descended from the Prussian spiked helmets and has nothing to do with colonialism. They’re sun hats for hot weather.
They’re also widely used by the post office today. And apparently by the presidential guard of Zimbabwe.
Maybe someone should denounce postal workers for their colonialism.
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