Liberation Shoes were worn during the depths of the Cultural Revolution for their affordability and durability.
Now, unfortunately, they seem to be making a comeback among the fashionable elite and have become popular in Europe and Japan. Which, of course, grates my nerves because of lots of reasons.
But here, have a picture.
(Though serious side-eye to all non-Chinese who wear the new, ~ upgraded ~ ones, and a good deal of Chinese who wear them too. 1) If you have no claim to that period of history what makes you think you have the right to take what is one of the symbols of the era (an era, I might remind people, characterised by suffering and massive anti-intellectualism) and turn it into ~fashion~? 2) Seriously? Ospop distributes them now for $75 USD. They used to be under 10 RMB. Talk about stripping the significance from something and then selling it for loads more than it was when it actually did mean something (i.e. shoes you could afford because your family was dirt poor because everyone was dirt poor because this was China in the ’60s and ’70s). 3) Why would you ever feel nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution? It’s not as if it were a wonderful, lovely time. Well, okay. I understand if you lived through it and feel nostalgic for certain elements of it — I certainly can’t fault people for that. But the young folks who feel that everything was “simpler” back then? Ew to you and don’t talk to me.)
Honestly, I don’t understand this at all and I will never understand this. The amount of hurt I feel just by looking at this photo just phantoms me, because what is this girl really thinking when she put on these shorts? That’s my deity, the One I take refugee when I’m experiencing sorrow in my life. He is my all, my everything and you have put him on your body? Not only that, you’re probably unclean, and very dirty and probably were even before you put the shorts onto your body. You do not wear Him, you do not eat meat when you’re wearing Him. You do not touch Him when you’re dirty. The person who’s even wearing the shorts is not Hindu, and I know this for a fact. No Hindu would ever wear this, ever. We don’t even wear Him when we worship at His alter. If Hindus, the followers, the believers of the faith, reject what you’re doing, why is an unbeliever doing this? Because it’s ‘trendy’? Because it’s ‘different’? That is my God. That is my religion. That is my faith. You’re not ‘cool’ or fucking ‘unique’ , you’re a fucking ignorant asshole.