An author in Chicago is urging people to avoid wearing red baseball caps, lest they be confused for the traditional “Make America Great Again” hat that is allegedly “making people scared.”
Seemingly triggered by the wearing of a red baseball hat due to her anxieties about the current sitting President of the United States, Rebecca Makkai took to Twitter and demanded in snarky fashion that the world stop wearing red hats.
“Is anyone else made really uncomfortable these days by anyone wearing any kind of red baseball cap?,” she tweeted. “Like, I see one and my heart does weird shit and then I finally realize it only says Titleist or whatever. Maybe don’t wear red caps anymore, normal people?”
Is anyone else made really uncomfortable these days by anyone wearing any kind of red baseball cap? Like, I see one and my heart does weird shit and then I finally realize it only says Titleist or whatever. Maybe don’t wear red caps anymore, normal people?— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) September 1, 2019
She went on to add that parody caps, such as ones reading “Make America Read Again” or “Made You Look Again” are “making people scared” and not as clever as the hat owners think they are.
Not worth making disenfranchised people feel unsafe.
— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) September 1, 2019
According to the Daily Mail, Makkai then stated that the red cap was a hate symbol akin to a swastika.
Needless to say, the internet provides, and provide it did- with endless parody, deliberate misinterpretation and ridicule of Makkai’s request.
One user, Ryan Walde, posted a photo of Cincinnati Reds baseball players, jokingly referring to them and other red-hatted baseball teams as bigots.
The “Stream of Unconsciousness” page drove it home that the ones wearing the red hats are often the ones in the most danger.
“What really bothers me is the fact I can’t wear an article of clothing to exercise a [First Amendment] right without wondering if I’m going to be physically/verbally assaulted,” SoU tweeted.
Others, such as Mark Dice, told Makkai to “See a psychiatrist.”
“Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is out of control,” he wrote.
User “Independence Steve” posted a photo of himself wearing a camo MAGA hat.
“Is camo ok?” he snarkily inquired.
Makkai has written four novels and one series of short stories. She is the recipient of the 2018 National Book Award for fiction.
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