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Thursday, October 02, 2021

I was somewhere in NoHo today when I saw a 20-something guy walk past, sporting pretty much the same shirt modeled alongside this text.

“Leave Jordan and the Wu-Tang Alone”? You can’t get much more cryptic than lumping His Airness and the 36 Chambers into a persecution plea. I couldn’t wait to start searching around online for what was sure to be a new hipster meme.

Turns out, though, that not only is this not new — it cropped up two years ago — it also apparently went absolutely nowhere. Search engines from Google to Flickr yielded scant lasting artifacts; I actually had to dig hard to retrieve the photo accompanying this post. Somehow, a fashion statement that commandeered two well-known pop-cultural figures had little to no impact, then or now. As near as I can figure from the remnant linkrot, some French Canadian boutique came up with the sloganeering as a confusingly-phrased anti-corporate message, sold a few tshirts, and promptly dropped it.

Possibly the Jordan and Wu camps objected to what was probably unauthorized use of their likenesses, and killed this quick. I can’t imagine how something like this otherwise wouldn’t have at least a brief fad run, given the Web’s ability to amplify such messaging. Instead, all we’re left with now is a random tshirt in lower Manhattan.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/02/2021 09:58:49 PM
Category: Fashion, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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anyone, anyone
Now I like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as much as anybody else (despite having watched it about a dozen times too many).

But attempting to recreate the film’s big “Twist and Shout” musical number, during the upcoming West Village Halloween Parade? That’s a bit over the top. Which means I won’t be volunteering to be in the hoped-for cast of thousands that Project Bueller is trying to assemble.

Maybe if I were in Chicago, and if it was the actual Von Steuben Parade as depicted in the flick. Then again, Ferris’ little dance happened over 20 years ago, so it’s hard for me to generate the necessary dance-your-pants enthusiasm to truly get into such an event, even for pop-cultural nostalgia’s sake.

But I’ll probably go to the Halloween parade, four Friday nights from now. So I’ll keep an eye out for any John Hughes-like moments. And actually, Matthew Broderick lives somewhere around the parade route, so who knows? If he somehow joins in, I’ll just have to follow suit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/02/2021 12:33:17 PM
Category: Creative, Movies, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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