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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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