They dressed Capitol like mayhem. Between the sea of MAGA hats and Trump’s flags, there were rioters in animal foster and superhero costumes; They dressed up as Uncle Sam, Abraham Lincoln and Lady Liberty, and in tactical gear; One wore Superman body armor, full of muscle, and a plastic mask of President Donald Trump’s head. There was no shortage of face paint. There were tons of iterations of precursors, camouflage, and rebirth – the Marvel character co-opted as a symbol of far right.
Between the sea of MAGA hats and Trump’s flags, there were rioters in animal foster and superhero costumes; He was dressed as Uncle Sam, Abraham Lincoln and Lady Liberty.
Perhaps the most recognizable figure of the day was the plotter Jake Angeli, also known as the “Q Shaman”, who was shirtless for exposing multiple tattoos, most notably a Velcanut, an old Norse running symbol. One of which has been turned into hatred. Symbolized by white supremacists. The arrested Angeli also wore red, white and blue face paint and a fur headdress with prominent horns. He spears with the American flag near the blade.
To many, “Stop the Steel” Dangal’s costumes look ridiculous. “We spend 750 billion dollars annually on ‘defense’ and the center of the US government fell for two hours to the dynasty and the man in the Chebkka bikini,” Liked a tweet hundreds of thousands of times. But when we actually read the T-shirt slogans and interpret the symbols – especially given the history of groups like the Ku Klux Klan – what the Capitol rebels wore becomes more consequential and much more menacing.
When the Ku Klux Klan began in the mid-1860s, Klansmann did not wear white robberies and robes, we now imagine them. They had no uniform. As historian Elaine Frantz in her essay “Midnight Rangers: Costume and Performance in Reconstruction-Era Ku Klux Klan”, “the early Klemen wore something more akin to the hodgepodge displayed at the Capitol last week: animal horns, fur, Fake beards, homemade costumes that were based on the traditions of carnival or mardi gras, masks, pointed hats, polka dots. For Frantz, who also wrote a book about the birth of KRK, the 19th-century Klemen and the 6 The parallels between the January rioters were impossible to ignore.
“When I saw this weirdo, dressed as a Viking, I was like, ‘Does he know what he’s doing?” “Frantz told NBC Think about Angeli.” Is he aware of this tradition, or is it a coincidence? Or is it not just a coincidence and not conscious, but it is something that travels through our culture in the background; He may not even know what he is doing, but he is doing exactly what he would have done in the 19th century. ”
But the “Q shaman” knew that he was putting on his horns and fur, which he knew precisely or not was likely to have an effect on his outfits.
Abe Rachik, a professor of psychology at California State University, Northridge, explains how we can act by wearing a costume. “If we’re in costume, we’re obviously trying to develop a role or a character. It can affect people’s self-perception and behavior,” he said. For example, Jake Angeli shirtless, with horns and fur on his head, quickly becomes the Q shaman, the way Jack Napier in the Joker can turn into the Joker.
The fact that many of the Capitol outfits look comic, historically, is also not a coincidence. Fronts says that after adopting this carnivalic posture, they can actually say: ‘We are not really hurting them. They are afraid because they are afraid, ‘
Frantz, a professor of history at Kent State University, sees similarities between the absurdity of the past and now the comedic element. “Comic frames are very helpful, because it gave people a way to deny what was really happening,” he says. He uses Pepe the Frog to explain how that strategy is still used today. “The comic distortion of populist movements,” she says.
For example, the lust of a man waving for the camera as he walks along with lecture by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. How can he do something wrong – he looks so bulging and silly? Or the insanity of wearing your Employee ID badge for the revolution. It should be noted that both of these men, like the vast majority of rioters last week – and 19th-century Klemen – were white. Race adds another element of deniability.
While not all rioters wore costumes last week, and indeed most of them did not, almost all did not wear symbols or logos or any type of insignia. Robert was Keith Packer, who wore a grueling sweatshirt that read “Camp Auschwitz” on the front and “Staff” on the back. Or Doug Jensen, who has been charged with six federal charges, Especially noticed his QAnon Members of the shirt oath movement on social media, a military movement focused on recruiting current and former members of the military, were also there wearing body armor and customized baseball caps. Many other extremist groups in attendance wore some type of insignia or emblem, declaring their affiliation in subtle or non-subtle ways. Of course, there was the spread of the highly recognizable Confederate flag.
Rachik states that the purpose of wearing a uniform, insignia, tattoo, or emblem that shows loyalty is twofold; They evoke a feeling of in-group camaraderie and a sense of out-group distance. We see benign examples of this phenomenon in sporting events. As you get closer and closer to the stadium, you see more and more people wearing their team hats, and the more you cheer. Excitation increases as density increases; This is human nature.
The allegiance that the purpose of wearing a uniform, insignia, tattoo or emblem shows is double; They evoke a feeling of in-group camaraderie and a sense of out-group distance.
Another horrific version occurred in Washington last week. The rioters united in the rally, gathering strength in numbers and identifying each other through their symbols and costumes. “As soon as you see someone in your group and in context, there is a connection,” Rustic says.
Members of the distant Proud Boys – whom Trump had asked to “stand back, and stand back” during his 2020 campaign – were in large numbers in the Capitol, and were characteristically organized. The group, which usually wears yellow and black clothing – often in the form of a Fred Perry polo shirt – asked members to wear all-black clothing this time, as if they were part of the anti-fascism movement called Antifa Was known as “We won’t be joining DC in colors. We’ll be blending in as one of you. You won’t see us. You would think that we are,” Joe Briggs, an organizer of the group, said in a video. On the collar. “We’re going to smell like you, look like you, look like you.”
After the riots, some conservatives tried to claim that the violence was mainly committed by Antifa agitators.
It is easy to ignore or dismiss things that are misleading or silly or over the top. But our clothing choices, like our tweets, can say a lot about who we are. “Big protest in DC on January 6,” Trump tweeted on December 19. And perhaps in a choice of phrase that inspired some animal fur to perform, “Stay there, go wild!”