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  • A performance artist with a truly subversive sense of humor would don full zoot-suit regalia, truck on down to Zuccotti Park, and use the Human Microphone to deliver a dramatic reading of "Minnie the Moocher."

    When the Multitude Shouts With One Voice

  • Ms. Peiss argues that the zoot-suit riots, as the series of street fights came to be called, were actually old-fashioned race riots.

    Hep Cats, Street Fights

  • The style had largely disappeared by the late 1950s, though every now and then hints of the zoot-suit aesthetic resurface, as in the harem pants worn by MC Hammer in his 15 seconds of fame.

    Hep Cats, Street Fights

  • Yes, the zoot-suit wearers expressed a group identity, as the fashion-conscious will, but they were not lodging a coded protest.

    Hep Cats, Street Fights

  • Imagine if instead of the “urban” Heath Ledger style-makeup decried by Kennicott as “subtly coded racism” had been the “urbane” makeup of the zoot-suit and pimp-hat wearing Jack Nicholson Joker.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Obama/Joker Poster Is Racist, Says a Washington Post Article by the Newspaper’s Culture Critic:

  • And my grandfather was an artist, and he came up in New York in the '40s and' 50s, and he spoke in that kind of zoot-suit, hipster lingo of that time, you know, the Beats, and I think I had a lot of influence from him.

    Beck: Rambling Grandfathers And 'Modern Guilt'

  • While a stereotypical black youth, from the zoot-suit era through the bling years, wears flashy clothes, chosen for their aesthetic value, nerdy clothing is purely practical: pocket protectors, belt sheaths for gadgets, short shorts for excessive heat, etc.

    That’s mighty nerd of you

  • He wore pegged pants, platform shoes, and a rainbow tie—the American zoot-suit fashion of the times.

    Staying Tuned

  • He wore pegged pants, platform shoes, and a rainbow tie—the American zoot-suit fashion of the times.

    Staying Tuned

  • He wore pegged pants, platform shoes, and a rainbow tie—the American zoot-suit fashion of the times.

    Staying Tuned

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