Ladies and gentlemen, Mickey Kaus:
Will Obama Kill Bling? Mary Battiata thinks maybe. Now that she mentions it, I kind of hope Obama's election will kill off much of hip-hop, at least the gangsta-inspired parts. But just killing off bling and gangsta fashion would be a start.
I...WTF? Because after he becomes president he'll automatically become chair of the crucial monthly meetings at which black people decide what they're going to wear?
Lately I've been wondering what an Obama White House might mean for the future of bling. For the fate of heavy gold, medallions, below-the-butt denim, the whole hip-hop gangsta fashion habit. What if January 20, 2009 turned out to be not just a cultural and clothing pivot point for adults -- a return to the minimalism of sleek, 60s-era sharkskin suits, the containment of golf-ball sized Barbara Bush costume pearls -- but a watershed fashion moment for teenaged boys?
Lately I've been wondering if the world might not be a better place if people would pause before hitting the "post" button and think: by writing this, will I seem like an enormous racist douche?