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A Matter for Serious Consideration - Purple Ties
self ^ | jan 6, 2013 | man_in_tx

Posted on 01/06/2013 5:50:38 PM PST by man_in_tx

People: I don't know how to broach this painful topic, but, there is something strange taking place in our country, and, indeed, throughout the entire world.

What is that, you ask? It is the far-too-prevalent, far-too-long-lasting fad of men wearing purple neckties -- light purple, lavender, dark purple, solid, striped, or with patterns.

Now, let me allow for some exceptions, for those with darker skin (blacks, Hispanics, etc), purple ties have probably always been worn, because, due to color-matching issues, folks with darker skin actually look GOOD wearing purple (not just ties, either).

Another obvious exception would be, say, a football player who plays for, say, TCU or the Minnesota Vikings, wearing a shirt and tie on game day. That would mean he is sporting his team colors, and that should be seen as commendable.

But, let's admit it: Normally, a purple tie on a white guy -- be he David "30-Round" Gregory, Charles "Canuck" Krauthammer, John "Wet Cardboard" Boehner, etc -- is not particularly sharp-looking.

Therefore, when I see a white guy on the news wearing a purple tie -- and it is something I have been seeing virtually DAILY for YEARS now, I keep asking myself "why?" I also ask myself, "When is this stupid fad ever going to end?"

Now, this fad is not restricted to politicians. We see purple ties on media types, Brits, etc. It is not even restricted to one side of the aisle, as purple ties are probably seen on Republicans as much as Democrats.

As I am well over 50, I can say that, when I was younger, any white male seen wearing a purple tie years ago, would likely have been thought to be a bit odd, to say the least.

I have wanted to post something on this topic for some time, but I keep thinking the fad will go away, or that someone else will cover the topic. However, it seems that it can no longer wait.

For other freepers who share my concern about this disturbing cultural trend, please feel free to reply sharing links to photos/videos of men in the news wearing purple ties.

Also, please feel free to reply stating whether or not you believe those sporting purple ties in the news are trying to convey a message, and -- if so -- what you believe that message is.

Here are some hypotheses I am considering for what message may be being conveyed by the purple-tie wearers:

- I am all for gay marriage - I am a metrosexual - Memo to the ATF: I am not a gun-owner - I voted for Obama - I hate Rush Limbaugh

I am also asking Freepers to do some soul-searching and seriously consider taking the following pledge for 2013: I will not wear purple ties. Nor will I buy any purple ties as gifts for my friends or family. I will also purpose never fully to trust anyone wearing a purple tie (with acknowledgement of the reasonable exceptions noted above).

This is serous stuff that no one wants to talk about.

Sample link to photo of man wearing purple tie: http://sr.photos2.fotosearch.com/bthumb/ULY/ULY042/u17589494.jpg


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: fads; metrosexual; vanity
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There. I have said it. It is off my chest. You may choose to disagree with this post or even to ignore this issue, but you will not be able to say that nobody ever warned you!
1 posted on 01/06/2013 5:50:44 PM PST by man_in_tx
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To: man_in_tx
purple ties

Means you're a queer right? Kinda goofy, huh?

2 posted on 01/06/2013 5:53:15 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: man_in_tx

ping to check back later.


3 posted on 01/06/2013 5:55:49 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: man_in_tx

There is nothing wrong with purple ties. I have a pasley purple with oxford blue to be wearable with a dress shirt. As long as the tie matches the shirt, there is nothing wrong with it.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 5:56:11 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: man_in_tx

Purple is a color for girls, and gays, not for girls and guys. How much difference a single letter makes.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 5:57:35 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: man_in_tx

A Congressional Blue-Ribbon Panel needs to look into this


6 posted on 01/06/2013 5:58:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: man_in_tx

Who cares? The content of a man’s character has nothing to do with the color of his tie....


7 posted on 01/06/2013 5:58:40 PM PST by freebilly
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To: PapaNew; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
>>purple ties

Means you're a queer right?

COULD BE...


8 posted on 01/06/2013 6:00:01 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: man_in_tx

9 posted on 01/06/2013 6:01:24 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: a fool in paradise

Wheres his gal pal from new years eve?


10 posted on 01/06/2013 6:01:39 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: man_in_tx

I not only like purple ties, I like men in purple shirts and purple sweaters.
So there


11 posted on 01/06/2013 6:01:56 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Some people look pretty good in purple, even straight white guys.
12 posted on 01/06/2013 6:02:26 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: man_in_tx

Ok, wait....waaait.
Of all the things going on in the world today, you are bothered by purple ties!
Sorry that is just to rich.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 6:04:07 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: man_in_tx

S E I U


14 posted on 01/06/2013 6:04:07 PM PST by Umanbean
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To: man_in_tx

Twenty years or so ago, yellow ties were the rage. This stuff comes and goes and means nothing.


15 posted on 01/06/2013 6:04:18 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: a fool in paradise
Naw, definetely straight!


16 posted on 01/06/2013 6:04:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: man_in_tx

To tell the truth, I built up my tie collection when I was younger, and I haven’t bought a new tie in years, if not decades.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 6:05:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: man_in_tx
Here is a Rush Tie Hmmmm.
18 posted on 01/06/2013 6:05:42 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Good Lord. Just wear your blue blazer with the red tie and shut up.


19 posted on 01/06/2013 6:05:42 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: man_in_tx

What about Purple Thai...?


20 posted on 01/06/2013 6:07:04 PM PST by freebilly
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To: nuconvert
I not only like purple ties, I like men in purple shirts and purple sweaters.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 6:07:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: man_in_tx

I feel the same way about suits with more than two buttons. Or brown shoes worn with navy or black suits. Or Hawaiian shirts that are tucked in at the waist. Or guys working out with black socks on.


22 posted on 01/06/2013 6:09:33 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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To: man_in_tx

Why isn’t this in breaking?

Purple ties? Team colors, the team being SEIU...


23 posted on 01/06/2013 6:12:29 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: freebilly
PURPLE THAI.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 6:13:18 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: man_in_tx

Sometime in the early ‘70s, I thought I was wearing an ultra-violet suit, but I was just high.

Cool suit, though. ;^)


25 posted on 01/06/2013 6:13:30 PM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: man_in_tx

Back when I was in the corporate world, with a global apparel company, there were certain expectations as far as what a male employee with upward mobility would wear. A suit and tie was required. Brown shoes would have caused more of an uproar than a purple tie, unless the tie was ugly and especially if it was obviously cheap. So long as it was a nice, good quality silk tie, that was really the only area where a guy could do anything remotely unique, at all.

Had quite a collection including a few with purple in them. Looks good with a dark navy suit or a charcoal grey one. Maybe it was different because the corporate culture was oriented toward apparel? The only thing I recall being regarded as particularly gay was wearing a black turtleneck with a black suit, but the whole NYC office dressed that way, so it could have been regional bias. Or, it could have been that there were several gays on staff in the NYC office.


26 posted on 01/06/2013 6:14:26 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: man_in_tx

Sorry, but I can’t resist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_81l4DXlwM


27 posted on 01/06/2013 6:15:43 PM PST by Kriggerel ("All great truths are hard and bitter, but lies... are sweeter than wild honey" (Ragnar Redbeard))
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To: man_in_tx

I don’t have any ties.

I also don’t have anything that’s purple. Hmm.

Wait a minute. My seventh chakra. That’s purple, right? Lemme check...

Yup. Purple.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 6:16:50 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: a fool in paradise

LOL!


29 posted on 01/06/2013 6:17:56 PM PST by freebilly
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To: man_in_tx

Recession Fashion: http://www.newser.com/story/44708/recessions-fashion-must-a-purple-tie.html


30 posted on 01/06/2013 6:18:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: man_in_tx

.02

The necktie is the useless vestigial remnant of an actual piece of equipment adorning an enforced attempt to limit foppish competition between court executives and has become part of the current foppish competition between executives.

Buy a bolo tie with a fob that means something to you.

YMMV


31 posted on 01/06/2013 6:25:53 PM PST by petro45acp (More sheepdogs please...)
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“I hate Rush Limbaugh”?

Do you not remember the ugly, colorfful ties that Rush used to hock? If anything, an ugly lavender tie is in solidarity with the Lovable Fuzzball.


32 posted on 01/06/2013 6:29:44 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: man_in_tx

My favorite color is purple. I’m female and nothing I like more than a guy in a great suit with a classy silk purple tie.


33 posted on 01/06/2013 6:46:04 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: man_in_tx

There are a lot of people in Maryland, at least the football fans near Baltimore, who will ignore you.

34 posted on 01/06/2013 6:49:33 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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I don’t own a purple or violet tie, but I’ve often wished I’d had one to wear on the Sundays of Advent and Lent. Of course that would mean, for consistency’s sake, I’d have to wear a rose (i.e. pink) tie for gaudete and laetare Sundays. I’m not sure my wife would like me in a purple tire; I think she’d be solidly against me wearing a pink one.


35 posted on 01/06/2013 6:57:04 PM PST by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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B*tches don't know 'bout my purple collection.

36 posted on 01/06/2013 7:03:40 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: man_in_tx

Ravens hater.


37 posted on 01/06/2013 7:07:54 PM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: man_in_tx
Purple ties are a declaration of bipartison (red + blue) loyalty to presumptive royalty (royal purple). Of being "tied" to someone...


38 posted on 01/06/2013 7:12:17 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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GIVE ME A WILD TIE, BROTHER!

Some men long
For the soothing touch
Of lavender, cream or mauve.
But the ties I wear
Must possess the glare
Of a red-hot kitchen stove.

The books I read
And the life I lead
Are sensible, sane and mild;
I just hate spats,
I wear clam hats,
But I want my neckties WILD!

Give me a wild tie, brother —
One with a cosmic urge;
A tie that will swear,
And rip and tear,
When it sees my old blue serge.

Some folks say
that a man’s cravat
Should only be seen, not heard;
But I want a tie
That will make men cry,
And render their vision blurred!

I yearn, I long,
For a tie so strong
It will make two men to tie it.
If such there be,
Show it to me —
Whatever the price, I’ll buy it!

Give me a wild tie, brother,
One with lots of sins;
A tie that will blaze
In a hectic haze,
Down where the vest begins.


39 posted on 01/06/2013 8:05:37 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: man_in_tx

Purple is the colour of Royalty, and favoured by those who would rule.

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” — H. L. Mencken


40 posted on 01/06/2013 8:12:16 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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... vestigial remnant of an actual piece of equipment adorning an enforced attempt to limit foppish competition between court executives ...

Actually, you're correct, as I was told it is a throw-back to the bib that the gluttons wore at the table.

(Most of my ties did have sundry spots on them!)

41 posted on 01/06/2013 8:20:00 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: fidelis
I’m not sure my wife would like me in a purple tire;

Nelson Mandela's opponents didn't like them at all.

42 posted on 01/06/2013 8:29:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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43 posted on 01/06/2013 9:15:17 PM PST by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/03/flying-the-gangsta-colors-at-the-white-house-seiu-the-color-purple.html


44 posted on 01/06/2013 10:08:57 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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Our deacon keeps insisting it’s a ROSE vestment on gaudete and laetare Sundays. He’s a macho dude and highly resents the assumption that it is pink.


45 posted on 01/06/2013 10:26:11 PM PST by married21
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To: married21

A white rose, a red rose, or a …


46 posted on 01/06/2013 10:49:03 PM PST by Daffy
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“... Actually, you’re correct, as I was told it is a throw-back to the bib that the gluttons wore at the table.”

Heard that one also. Possibly prior to that, the cravat was a scarf/bandana affair, useful as those are.

Cheers


47 posted on 01/07/2013 3:52:36 AM PST by petro45acp (More sheepdogs please...)
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Au contraire, the tie is a sexual insignia. Just the same as those black triangles the women are all wearing now, formed by low-cut tops and black camisoles.


48 posted on 01/07/2013 5:00:02 AM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: man_in_tx

“This is serous stuff that no one wants to talk about.”

By God, it is. On my monitor they’re yellow ties. What color do you see on the triangles worn by the women?


49 posted on 01/07/2013 5:02:45 AM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: man_in_tx
It is off my chest.

You are the droll one this day.

50 posted on 01/07/2013 5:04:58 AM PST by HomeAtLast
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