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(Guardian)   Obama blamed for resurgence of Hawaiian shirt, which makes every man wearing one look like the typical American: "a bellowing, bum bag-sporting tourist with white socks and sandals, and an arse visible from space"   ( guardian.co.uk) divider line
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2009-05-18 11:25:41 AM  
Hey! Look at me! I can't stand being ignored!! USA!! USA!! USA!!
 
2009-05-18 11:25:57 AM  
Fact: The UK is the fattest nation in Europe.
 
2009-05-18 11:41:52 AM  
Fact: half the people are dumber than the average person, regardless of nationality.
 
2009-05-18 11:44:40 AM  
You know what? I don't have a problem with Hawaiian shirts. Sure, they're kinda ugly, and fat people wear them, but they're not really worse than a lot of the other stuff we wear, and they're a lot prettier than "LOL COLLEGE" or "LOL SPORTSTEAM" shirts than men seem to love to wear casually.

Not every guy is going to show up to a picnic in a three piece suit. I'm okay with that.
 
2009-05-18 12:06:45 PM  
Plenty of skinny folks wear them too. You just don't notice them because they don't take up half your view.
 
2009-05-18 12:07:29 PM  

Katie98_KT: Sure, they're kinda ugly, and fat people wear them


That's fluffy, ma'am.

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2009-05-18 12:16:24 PM  
Obama blamed for resurgence of Hawaiian shirt, which makes every man wearing one look like the typical American: "a bellowing, bum bag-sporting tourist with white socks and sandals, and an arse visible from space" everything, ever.

I just solved the internets.
 
2009-05-18 12:19:34 PM  

eqtworld: Fact: The UK is the fattest nation in Europe.


Worst tourists as well. I think all the 'loud American tourists' sentiment is a bit of projection.
 
2009-05-18 12:26:44 PM  
Katie98_KT: fat people wear them, but they're not really worse than a lot of the other stuff we wear

you sound fat
 
2009-05-18 12:33:54 PM  
I thought it was the Germans who wore socks with sandals.
 
2009-05-18 12:50:43 PM  
It is so cute that he thinks we care.

*pats Alexis Petridis on the head*

Run along now, Alexis.
 
2009-05-18 01:05:09 PM  
This inconsequential biatchy screed about perceived fashion trends is bad news...for Obama.
 
2009-05-18 01:23:40 PM  
So TFA mentions somewhere that Obama showed up somewhere in a Hawaiian shirt, right? .... RIGHT?
 
2009-05-18 01:26:30 PM  
...the typical American: "a bellowing, bum bag-sporting tourist with white socks and sandals, and an arse visible from space"

...yet, brushes his teeth with regularity, is productive enough so that the poor people of his country are better fed than the Middle Class of your country, actually takes a shower every now & then, doesn't subscribe to the ignorant belief that raping virgin children cures AIDS, etc.

Make fun of the U.S. stereotypes all you like. When it's time to look to a country to "export its success," you know damn well that it will be your sorry asses with your hat in your hands.
 
2009-05-18 01:29:05 PM  
FTFA: Newly fashionable or not, you just can't wear a Hawaiian shirt if you're starting to go bald and fat.

What I'm taking from this is that someone like me -- constantly battling weight but showing no signs of baldness whatsoever -- is OK to wear Hawaiian shirts.

/Currently winning the weight battle again.
//Had been chunkifying for the past several months. =/
 
2009-05-18 01:46:06 PM  
I don't see a problem w/Hawaiian shirts. I kinda like the look when a guy wears a coordinating t-shirt under one & keeps the shirt unbuttoned.

But then I also think bowling shirts are cute, so I'm obviously weird.
 
2009-05-18 01:59:01 PM  
When fighting swamp-pit in warm climes I'm more of a guayabera shirt type of guy. But I suppose if I were in Hawaii I'd wear one, you know when in Rome pack a formal and informal toga nad all that.
 
2009-05-18 02:11:23 PM  

sleeping martyr: So TFA mentions somewhere that Obama showed up somewhere in a Hawaiian shirt, right? .... RIGHT?


Google Image Search was pretty much a bust. Closest I could find was him wearing a Polo shirt with a lei.

www.sanfranciscosentinel.com
 
2009-05-18 02:25:38 PM  
Americans can tip, AND brush their teeth.
 
2009-05-18 02:56:33 PM  

Sgt Otter: Google Image Search was pretty much a bust. Closest I could find was him wearing a Polo shirt with a lei.


Here you go:

www.latimes.com
 
2009-05-18 03:10:21 PM  
My boss's idea of "Friday Casual" is a wrinkled too-small open Hawaiian shirt with a distressingly short pithy slogan t-shirt over his big old belly and a pair of chinos at least 3-4 inches too short.

He thinks he's being hip and cool.
 
2009-05-18 03:18:57 PM  
Well if it wasn't for Bush, people wouldn't be ashamed to be recognized as an American. :D
 
2009-05-18 03:20:19 PM  
Considering he was raised in Hawaii, I think he automatically gets a pass.
 
2009-05-18 03:20:22 PM  
Fact: The largest bat is the golden-crowned flying-fox.
 
2009-05-18 03:20:32 PM  
They are called "Fanny Packs," not "Bum Bags" you snaggle-toothed limey yob.
 
2009-05-18 03:20:36 PM  
There are only two kinds of people who wear a Hawaiian shirt; gay guys and big fat party animals.
 
2009-05-18 03:21:21 PM  

dandelion whine: My boss's idea of "Friday Casual" is a wrinkled too-small open Hawaiian shirt with a distressingly short pithy slogan t-shirt over his big old belly and a pair of chinos at least 3-4 inches too short.

He thinks he's being hip and cool.


Or possibly just casual.

They're not the same thing, you know.
 
2009-05-18 03:21:29 PM  
Approves:

mt41-blogs.nbcuni.com

/Oblig
 
2009-05-18 03:21:34 PM  

Danielsan: eqtworld: Fact: The UK is the fattest nation in Europe.

Worst tourists as well. I think all the 'loud American tourists' sentiment is a bit of projection.


I remember staying at a very nice hotel in Austria with my girlfriend. There was a British guy VERY...SLOWLY...AND...LOUDLY asking the concierge where the nearest brothel was, in a packed lobby.

Then there's the Fitba Pub Rule. No matter where you are in Europe, if you're in a bar with a television and a drunken Englishman, he will begin screaming at the bartender to "PUT THE FAHKIN' FITBA' GAME ON THE TELLY!"
 
2009-05-18 03:21:52 PM  
There's only two kinds of guys who wear those shirts: gay guys and big, fat party animals. And Bart doesn't look like a big, fat party animal to me.
 
2009-05-18 03:21:55 PM  
To quote Homer Simpson: "There's only two kinds of guys who wear Hawaiian shirts: gay guys and big, fat party animals."

It's a pretty good rule of thumb, IMHO.

Sometimes I wear a hand-me-down Hawaiian shirt circa 1960's of my dad's. But I'm a girl, so there's that.
 
2009-05-18 03:22:04 PM  
Not quite Hawaiian, but here in South Texas the Guyabera shirt is pretty popular. Some have island-ish designs on them.

And I don't care what you think it looks like. It's 110 in the shade, I'm wearing what's comfortable. And that's one of those, some thin khakis and a pair of flip flops. Luckily that's kosher at my office.
 
2009-05-18 03:22:41 PM  
Fact: Bears love Battlestar Galactica
 
2009-05-18 03:25:02 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: They are called "Fanny Packs," not "Bum Bags" you snaggle-toothed limey yob.


Fanny has a slightly different meaning in the UK.
 
2009-05-18 03:25:03 PM  
OH YEAH????

Well I have been wearing those shirts for years.

//no socks with sandals though, unless REALLY drunk.
///spends most days REALLY drunk.

While getting this pic, I noticed I have a bunch of myspace pics that have hawaiian shirts...
c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com
////dang
 
2009-05-18 03:25:08 PM  

Savoir-Faire: Considering he was raised in Hawaii, I think he automatically gets a pass.


Pretty much this.

/I have a Hawaiian shirt, it's all nice and pretty
//actually, I don't think it's considered a Hawaiian shirt because it's two colors and doesn't stand out in a crowd
 
2009-05-18 03:25:32 PM  
Fact: I am faster than 80% of all snakes
 
2009-05-18 03:25:48 PM  
"a bellowing, bum bag-sporting tourist with white socks and sandals, and an arse visible from space"

Hell, John Goodman pulls that off no matter what he wears.
 
2009-05-18 03:25:52 PM  
Stupid Euro haoles.

I miss my Reyn Spooner shirt.
 
2009-05-18 03:26:27 PM  
You make fun of our shirts, we nuke you. Got it?
 
2009-05-18 03:26:29 PM  

Katie98_KT: You know what? I don't have a problem with Hawaiian shirts. Sure, they're kinda ugly, and fat people wear them, but they're not really worse than a lot of the other stuff we wear


Yeah, it could be way, way worse. We could be seeing a resurgence of Zubaz.

thesportshernia.typepad.com

All things considered, Hawaiian shirts are pretty low on the scale of offensive fashion. They don't really bother me.
 
2009-05-18 03:27:38 PM  

rooftop235: While getting this pic, I noticed I have a bunch of myspace pics that have hawaiian shirts...

////dang


I have this feeling you really should not have posted this picture. Bad idea goofy.
 
2009-05-18 03:27:45 PM  
The Guayabera will always be cooler than the Hawaiian shirt. In both senses of the word.
 
2009-05-18 03:28:17 PM  
rooftop235

That kid in the right corner is nearly a photobomb

That chick behind him is not
 
2009-05-18 03:28:54 PM  

therhinodep: The Guayabera will always be cooler than the Hawaiian shirt. In both senses of the word.


THIS

/only one rule though, NEVER TUCK IT IN
 
2009-05-18 03:28:59 PM  
Hawaiian shirts, shaved chest, no wonder the world still hates us.
 
2009-05-18 03:30:27 PM  

cambie: I thought it was the Germans who wore socks with sandals.


I never understood the irrational hatred of people wearing socks with sandals. Can someone explain this? Is it supposedly some evil deed like wearing white pants after Christmas? Did I miss the memo?
 
2009-05-18 03:30:51 PM  
Fact: The modern Aloha shirt was devised in the early 1930s by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, a store in Waikiki. Chun began sewing brightly colored shirts for tourists out of old kimono fabrics he had leftover in stock.
 
2009-05-18 03:30:56 PM  

Lou Stoolz: Approves:

/Oblig


never liked that guy, but it's the first thing that comes to mind.
 
2009-05-18 03:31:11 PM  
I am beginning to wonder about Obama's sartorial skills, he needs to get the whole gravitas thing going. He hasn't displayed enough of that yet.
Hawaiian shirt, is a tough one. Worn open with a white tee underneath and jeans can be OK I think. But it aint what you do but the way that you do it.

/But the man is from Hawaii, so I suppose he's entitled.
//Is there a black Hawaiian shirt? That'd be cool.
 
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