Another Confederate Prom Dress Story …. Zzzzzz

It’s spring, and all over the nation high school students are going to proms.  As someone who has shelled out a nice chunk of change for prom dresses for my daughters, I understand the rituals all too well.

I also understand another ritual: the controversial prom dress that is supposed to make a statement.  And so here we have another Confederate battleflag prom dress controversy (the idea isn’t even original any more).

Given that the school administration reportedly had no qualms about other displays of the CBF on students’ attire, this does seem to be something of a manufactured crisis on both sides (it is not as if there was no prior discussion of the issue).

Cue indignant protests from the usual sources.

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24 thoughts on “Another Confederate Prom Dress Story …. Zzzzzz

  1. Brad April 25, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Words fail me.

    Is that sufficient for archtypical righteous indignation? :)

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 25, 2012 / 6:42 pm

      Not any more. After all, Connie Chastain is currently representing herself on FB as Belle Watling. I guess she’s contemplating a career change.

      • Brooks D. Simpson April 25, 2012 / 9:59 pm

        Guess she gave that dream up … after she found out that no one was buying what she was selling, no matter how low the price … just like her writing.

        She’s now returned to her earlier dreams of being a biker babe. Easy writer.

  2. Forester April 25, 2012 / 12:51 pm

    I’m waiting for the inevitable boy to wear a Confederate flag prom dress. We all know its gonna happen sooner or later, folks ….. :p

    • Khepera April 25, 2012 / 1:20 pm

      Yep, that and a lesbian prom couple. :-)

      • Brooks D. Simpson April 25, 2012 / 1:45 pm

        Let’s all be nice. Although I can see how those stories might disrupt the traditional narrative. :)

        • Forester April 25, 2012 / 1:52 pm

          Oh, you misunderstand — I love counterculture. I legitimately want to see it happen. >:D

          • Khepera April 25, 2012 / 2:31 pm

            I agree. Besides, the traditional narrative is overrated.

          • Brooks D. Simpson April 25, 2012 / 3:04 pm

            I know that such a story would throw some people into a tizzy, especially after what we saw some people say about RuPaul’s attire. Maybe some Confederate heritage advocates should adopt a don’t ask/don’t tell stance on these issues.

          • Steve Witmer April 25, 2012 / 8:52 pm

            Well, didn’t Jefferson Davis go in for a little cross-dressing, so it’s all Confederate heritage anyway? (I know, I know…apocryphal story…)

  3. martin April 25, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    What about her Brother? Did they let him in without his date?

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 25, 2012 / 1:24 pm

      You’ll soon be receiving a phone call from Hugh Lawson about mocking the South.

  4. Patrick Young April 25, 2012 / 2:42 pm

    Isn’t it considered disrespectful to make an object of clothing out of a flag?

    • Brooks D. Simpson April 25, 2012 / 3:54 pm

      You would think some people who want folks to respect the Confederate flag would think so, but I don’t see anyone crying “heritage violation” against the young lady. Same would go for the US flag.

  5. tonygunter April 25, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    What a shame! That’s the prettiest size 18 prom dress I have ever seen.

  6. Charles Lovejoy April 25, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    I never really got the prom thang, My friends and I were counterculturalist, skipped our high school prom and had a real party.

  7. Robert Baker April 26, 2012 / 4:06 am

    It would have been great if the date had an American flag tux.

  8. Hunter Wallace April 26, 2012 / 6:27 am

    This is an example of the kind of degraded Americanism we are trying to escape from. Let the U.S. flag be used in bikinis and prom dresses.

  9. Waurene Roberson April 28, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    I’m surprised the dress got her thrown out. Did you see the flip flips she was wearing with that sequined dress? OH. MY. GAWD. To the prom in a sequined dress and flip flops….call the fasion police, y’all….

    • Waurene Roberson April 28, 2012 / 4:48 pm

      Eeek! Either I can’t spell or that was a Freudian slip.

    • Al Mackey April 28, 2012 / 8:47 pm

      Nice to see another old friend commenting. I agree the flip flops were an egregious fashion faux pas, but the dress itself seemed to me to be of a cut that was not made for a prom, leaving aside the CBF motif. The whole reason for the dress appears to have been to make a controversy, and the principal obliged.

      By the way, Brooks, speaking of shelling out a nice chunk of change, just wait until your daughters get married. I hope you’ve already started saving. I can recommend a good venue in a Civil War-related town. :)

      • Waurene Roberson April 29, 2012 / 11:37 am

        No doubt it was to make a controversy, but I’m not sure the principal should have obliged. Note the “zzzzz” in the subject head. We get into freedom of speech issues, too, as well as my old mainstay (which is: some things really need warning labels, and that girl wore a big one). As an African-American dress designer told me the other day, at least everything was covered. :-) She’s had girls ask her to design prom dresses that were, shall we say, less than they should have been.

        This little kerfluffle is the sort of thing that merely makes you roll your eyes and go on about your business. The shoes were the icing on the crapcake.

  10. Waurene Roberson April 28, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    By the way, professor, I congratulate you on achieving the impossible, something I never thought I’d live to see (someone shutting Connie up). Bravo!

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