It is easy to say no, but not everyone is as strong as you are, dear reader, plus there is a difference between saying no because that's what you want to say and saying no because being judged can be hurtful and you secretly wish they would stop pointing their finger at you. Why is it that herds of people feel more comfortable if you are like them? Where does this collective fear or arrogance come from?
Stacy should know better. Doesn't she know it's okay to be different in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Doesn't she know that wearing a bright orange suit is, in fact, a brave thing to do, and that a world in which all of us are interchangeable, visually or otherwise, is a world that some of us don't want to inhabit?
Uniformity makes me sick. Uniformity breeds tones of grey. It does not inspire. It reminds me of 1984 — the book, not the year. So what if someone likes to wear a bright yellow shirt with a shocking pink polka dot skirt and rainbow stockings to boot? Stacy kept telling her poor fashion offender that she didn't look appropriate, and I could tell it really hurt her. She mustered the courage to defend herself by saying, 'A pilot once said he loved it.' Trying to be funny, Stacy's equally condescending co-host Clinton Kelly retorted, 'What pilot? The kind that makes a plane crash?'
The way I see it, fashion fascists are blind. At best, they suffer from a special type of tunnel vision. Looking different isn't inherently wrong. Maybe you want to be different because you want to stand out. Maybe you want to stand out because once upon a time, when you were a kid and fairly unhappy, you were pretty much invisible, and, like me, your inner color now is a darker shade of blue as a result — and you just don't like that color. Why would that be wrong?
I, for one, would encourage everyone to not be like everybody else if it makes you happy, that is. Life is too short to waste it wearing a straightjacket just because it makes the people that surround you feel more at ease. You see, if you are like them, the subliminal message you're feeding their brain is one of acceptance and confirmation, and they like that. They like it when everything you do, say and even believe mirrors who they themselves want to be or be seen as. They need that confirmation. Deep down inside, they crave it. Ironically, it makes them visible for all the right reasons. Why do you think meat eaters ridicule vegetarians? When they ask you why you are a veggie, what they are really saying is, 'Is there's something wrong with me because I eat meat?' So If I were to wear a bright green suit today just for the fun of it, they'd make fun of me because they, of course, would never wear it. And they, mind you, represent the indisputable, nay, incontrovertible standard of all things appropriate and boring.
Or is what I'm saying inappropriate?
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|Stacy saves the day.|