Today: Jun 19, 2024

Politics of Wearing the Black Shades

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By: Mohd Younus Bhat

​Mr. K M Karunanidhi (former five timeChief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India) wore black shades throughout his political career because of an eye injury and doctors advised him to wear black shades to protect his eyes. However, Joe Biden is loyal to the Ray-Ban Aviator to show his dominance as the top boss, or it may symbolise his loyalty, persistence, and a touch of American swagger.

Politicians wearing black shades in public — it’s a trend that’s equal parts intriguing and infuriating. Are they trying to make a fashion statement or hide their hangover from last night’s campaign fundraiser?

It sounds funny when an amateur news reporter wears black shades on a cloudy day while interviewing a political newbie. While it may seem cool to the reporter, the public would find this unpolished behaviour humorous leading social media warriors to create reels, shorts, and memes. In the end, if luck favours, anyone could become an overnight star.

The trend of politicians wearing black shades has its roots in the early 20th century when sunglasses were first becoming popular. Notable figures like Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt popularised the trend, using shades to add an air of sophistication and authority to their public appearances. Who knew that a simple pair of sunglasses could make you look like a leader of the free world?

So, why do politicians opt for black shades in public? Is it to:

Hide their eyes, which might reveal their true intentions (or lack thereof).

Add a touch of mystery to their persona, making them seem more intriguing?

Make a fashion statement, because who doesn’t love a good pair of shades?

The answer is all the above. Black shades convey a sense of authority, sophistication, and power, which is exactly what politicians want to project. It’s like they’re saying, “I’m in charge, and I’m cool with it.”

Black shades in politics are more than just a fashion accessory—they’re a symbol of power, mystery, and style. They convey a sense of confidence and authority, which is essential for any politician looking to make an impact. It’s like they’re saying, “I’m the boss, and I’m not afraid to wear my sunglasses indoors.”

Public and Media Reactions

The public’s perception of politicians wearing black shades is mixed. Some see it as a cool, confident move, while others view it as an attempt to hide something. The media, on the other hand, loves to scrutinise every detail, from the brand of shades to the angle at which they’re worn. It’s like they’re saying, “We’re watching you, politician, and we’re not impressed by your fancy shades.”

Controversies and Criticisms

Not everyone is a fan of politicians wearing black shades. Some critics argue that it’s a superficial attempt to appear more authoritative, while others see it as a distraction from the real issues. And then some just think it’s plain silly. After all, who wears sunglasses indoors?

The trend of politicians wearing black shades has evolved, from the classic, sleek designs of the past to the more modern, trendy styles of today. It’s like they’re saying, “I’m a politician, but I’m also cool and hip.”

Wrap up

We can wrap up this story by saying that the trend of politicians wearing black shades is more than just a fashion statement — it’s a power play. It’s a way for them to project confidence, authority, and style, all while hiding their eyes from the prying public. So, the next time you see a politician wearing black shades, remember — it’s not just about the fashion, it’s about the power.

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The writer is a Ph.D. Scholar, CSIR-NET, DST-INSPIRE fellow & Gold Medalist, School of Physical, Chemical & Applied Sciences (SPCAS) Pondicherry University (A Central University)


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