March 16, 2006

Brokeback generalization in context

Jack Carroll reports from Cyprus:

... in the commentary to a fashion show review on Euronews one collection of women's wear was described as having "topical Brokeback chic."

This before the actual clothes were shown.  What do you think was Brokeback about them?

Yes, Western wear: cowboy hats, cowboy-inspired slacks, and cowboy boots.  Absent here is any reference whatsoever to the characters or plot of "Brokeback Mountain".  In this context all that matters is the clothes, just the clothes, ma'am.

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at March 16, 2006 02:16 PM