You don’t have to be a staunch supporter of our president to be capable of diagnosing Trump Derangement Syndrome. In fact, a couple of tolerant, level-headed guys were talking about it just the other day.
And so today a story caught my eye that immediately made it roll. “I didn’t buy my dad a tie for Father’s Day because of Donald Trump,” reads a headline at Vogue.
That’s right, as if neckties weren’t endangered enough as it is, now people are boycotting them because our president, like every other before him, wears them. Of course he also wears underwear (presumably), but those aren’t quite as conspicuous as his x-tra long shiny red silken banners, so for now no boxers boycott.
Writes Brooke Bobb:
When I became older, I’d often pick out a special tie for my dad on Father’s Day. It felt like the perfect gift for the man who represented everything that a necktie was supposed to stand for: strength, dapperness, integrity. He loved the blue Façonnable and beamed when he opened the orange box to reveal a printed style from Hermès. I thought a lot about buying him a tie again this year, maybe from one of his favorite stores like Brooks Brothers or Burberry. Then it occurred to me that perhaps the tender symbolism had shifted, that men’s ties as we know them might have a whole new meaning in 2018 and not necessarily a positive one either.
… in light of the very public showings of how neckties can be used to try and divert people’s attention from the lawlessness of the men wearing them, I can’t in good conscience gift one for Father’s Day.
As we’ve been discussing lately in our new Level Up series, the world takes its shape based on what you focus on, and how you frame and interpret what you see. The TDS-suffering Vogue writer sees the thing she loathes and fears everywhere and in everything, enough to write an essay about it. One that might very well engender a backlash consisting of a four-in-hand renaissance — and four more years of long red ties.
FYI, this year I got my dad just what he wanted: a madras tie from J. Press. I suspect he’ll associate it with summer. — CC