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Media: If You Wear This Polo Shirt You Are A Racist

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Fred Perry is a clothing line that has been around for a long time. Even if you’ve never owned a Fred Perry polo yourself, you surely recognize the trademark laurel logo.

According to several media outlets, wearing a Fred Perry shirt makes you a racist – or at the very least a member of the “alt-right.” Apparently, the black and yellow twin tipped Fred Perry polo is popular among the Proud Boys, a men’s rights organization led by Vice founder Gavin McInnes.

Today, the shirt was denounced in both Slate and the Washington Post, who both claim that the Fred Perry shirt has been a symbol of white supremacists since at least ’70s.

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Why wearing a particular polo shirt makes you a racist isn’t abundantly clear, although both articles cite the Souther Poverty Law Center’s inclusion of the Fred Perry shirt in its “racist skinhead glossary.” For his part, McInnes told an Outliner reporter in June that “he wants to align his group with the working-class toughness of the late ’60s hard mods.”

From the various histories given of the Fred Perry shirt, it is obvious that it was heavily favored by the working class in the ’60s and ’70s, especially in England. Outline explains: “Paired with work boots and tight jeans, Perry’s designs for the tennis court became a subversive dig at English elitism.”

It seems that at some point in the past half century, “working class” became synonymous with “racism,” at least in the eyes of the liberal media. Next thing you know, wearing work boots will also be considered racist. Oh wait. According to the SPLC, Doc Martens already are.

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  • edshaw

    Wearing work boots is racist.
    So ironic.

  • IrishCoureur

    What a load of tosh. I have loads of Fred Perry stuff, including Brad Wiggins collection items. It’s just an exclusive brand name for God’s sake!!

  • George Baxter

    Company should sue responsible media for any financial damages.

  • jubadoobai

    Bogus. Sue them for defamation and loss of revenue.

  • Father Vivian O’Blivion

    Rubbish!

  • You Can Not Be Serious

    Too many people desperately in need of mental health care.

  • Tool Maker

    Just don’t lace them up or tie the Laces Be Good