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  •  so Rick's trying out for an NBA or NFL spot (4+ / 0-)

    or trying to ba Japanese tweener....yee haw....


    Who started this bizarre trend?
    That's a matter of heated dispute.  Russell Westbrook, whose flamboyant fashion sense puts him in a class of his own (his frames are fire-engine red), claims that he started the trend upon entering the league in 2008. "Everybody else just started wearing them now," he said. James retorted, "No, that's not right… He definitely didn't start it." Offering a deeper historical perspective, Larry Leight, an eyewear designer, tells The Wall Street Journal that the craze for lensless glasses was likely started by Japanese teenage girls.

    Why do NBA players wear them?
    There are several theories. The players themselves insist "they were not trying to make a cultural statement," says Tom Spousta at The New York Times. Nick Collison, a forward for the Thunder, speculates that players think it makes them look smarter. Leight says the glasses could help them cope with the press's scrutiny. "You do kind of feel like you're shielded," he tells The Journal. James Harden, a Thunder guard famous for his King Tut-like beard, has a much simpler theory: "It's their swag." ....

    Why is geek chic so popular in the NBA?
    It's likely an outgrowth of, and a response to, a 2005 dress code implemented by NBA Commissioner David Stern to improve the league's "bad-boy" image. The code, says Matt Ufford at SB Nation, took direct "aim at hip hop culture: Jeans, T-shirts, Timberland boots, large jewelry, and do-rags were all banned." Players were "challenged to think creatively about dismantling Stern's black-male stereotyping," says Wesley Morris at Grantland, and drew on larger shifts in black culture led by artists like Pharrell Williams, Andre 3000, and Kanye West, who "ushered in the chic of the black nerd."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 04:12:21 PM PST

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