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Forget MAGA hats: Award-winning author suggests people shouldn’t even wear red baseball caps


Oh, brother

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Liberal author Rebecca Makkai says that no "normal people" should wear any sort of red baseball cap because the hats too closely resemble that of the "Make America Great Again" variety.

Makkai previously won the National Book Award with " The Great Believers," a 2018 book about the AIDS epidemic in the '80s and '90s.


Makkai, a Chicago-based author who was once also a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, issued her plea on Aug. 31 via Twitter. Needless to say, her request received a lot of attention and has gone viral as a result. At the time of this writing, her original tweet had more than 24,000 comments on it.

She fretted, "Is anyone else made really uncomfortable these days by anyone wearing any kind of red baseball cap? Like, I see one and my heart does weird s**t and then I finally realize it only says Titleist or whatever. Maybe don't wear red caps anymore, normal people?"

That wasn't all.

Makkai also suggested that such hats are making other people "scared."

"Also, for the love of God: The clever folks wearing 'Make America Read Again' or whatever caps — NO," she wrote in a follow-up tweet. "You're making everyone scared. Don't do it."

Makkai wasn't even done there, and went on to compare red hats to swastikas.

After overwhelming criticism, she said Hindu people — who considered the swastika sacred — chose to avoid using the symbol because of its association with Nazis.

"If you're here to be contrary: an equivalent here would be western Hindus choosing not to use the swastika symbol in public despite it being sacred to their faith because it would offend/frighten people," she wrote. "The red hat has become a symbol of hate bc of how its wearers act."

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