Hawaiian Shirts Are A Symbol Of The Alt-Right Or Something

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How Hawaiian Shirts Became a Symbol for the Alt-Right

Fresh off of claims that Fred Perry and the OK hand gesture are now totems of the alt-right movement, another seemingly pure and good thing is in danger of being ruined: the Hawaiian shirt.

For certain parts of the alt-right, the appeal of the Hawaiian shirt does not stem from a love of floral prints or Don Ho records. Instead, aloha patterns are a signal that they are ready for a second Civil War, which fringe voices like Alex Jones swear is happening soon. Unsurprisingly, this affinity for colorful palm leaves and breathable fabric is a shibboleth amongst Very Online sects of the alt-right, stemming from a cult  ‘80s movie, spoonerisms and a cache of sad men who don’t have friends in real life.

In 1984, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was inflicted upon movie goers across the country. Although the movie was a critical and commercial flop, it has gained a second life as a meme on account of the movie being beyond awful and “Boogaloo” being a funny word; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a 2016 episode called Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo, which is a direct reference to Breakin’ 2. Author Reece Jones broke down how the shirt became a symbol on Twitter:

In turn, users on alt-right, pro-gun message boards on Reddit, 4chan and 8chan labeled the upcoming Civil War as “Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo,” which was then shortened to “the Boogaloo,” which then evolved into “the big Luau” (and “the big igloo”). As such, aloha shirts have made appearances at recent protests around the country. When paired with combat gear, guns and racism, the Hawaiian shirt is apparently symbol that the wearer is prepared to go to war against America.

We recommend proudly wearing your favorite Tommy Bahama or Reyn Spooner number with literally anything else to reclaim the shirt’s original intention: spreading good vibes.

Well, I’m totally convinced. How about you?

The article is based on a crazy, long post at bellingcat, because reasons.

Interestingly, for all the complaints about the alt-right, they aren’t the ones who are rioting and burning and looting. But, yes, some have some seriously wacked beliefs.

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5 Responses to “Hawaiian Shirts Are A Symbol Of The Alt-Right Or Something”

  1. Mike says:

    I always knew Jimmy Buffett was a closet revolutionary! No one can be THAT laid back! https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  2. formwiz says:

    Jeffery keeps going on about boogaloo as if it means something.

    As always, it really means nothing.

  3. Pouncer says:

    A Hawaiian shirt with rocket ships, ray guns and big bosom’d bimbos worn by a scientist was a red flag to the SJW bulls just a few news cycles back. Wearing a similar shirt now invites them to repeat themselves and so expose themselves as anti-science.

    • Kye says:

      I have a summer wardrobe currently consisting of 63 Tommy Bahama camp shirts. Some are “RUM” collectors editions that cost $250 a pop. Around here I’m known for my wild-assed shirts. I’ve been cool before the alt-right (whoever they are) knew who Tommy is.

  4. Joe says:

    Clicked on the “bellingcat” hypertext. This clown really has to do some reaching to attempt to make his points.

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