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Red Caps Trigger a Fragile Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Makes Her ‘Uncomfortable’

Red Caps Trigger a Fragile Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Makes Her ‘Uncomfortable’

She even likened it to the swastika.

Pulitzer Prize finalist author Rebecca Makkai set off a Twitter storm the other day. Turns out red caps trigger her because God forbid it could say MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

A simple red cap causes her heart to do some “weird sh*t.

It’s a HAT. It’s an inanimate object that cannot literally hurt you.

I honestly do not know where to start with this. Then she has the nerve to compare the MAGA hat to the swastika. The swastika symbolizes divinity and spirituality in Indian religions, especially in Hinduism and Buddhism.

Of course, the Nazis changed all of that. In the western world, it symbolizes oppression, terror, and the murder of over 6 million Jews and millions more of those viewed as “undesirables” by the Nazis.

Makkai noted that Hindus do not display the swastika “because it would offend/frighten people.”

If a freaking red cap or MAGA cap frightens you then you need to seek help.

I am not the only one who thinks this way.

I hope she doesn’t watch this video!


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See a therapist? Ha. Everyone I know that is either a psychologist or psychiatrist have TDS worst than the normal population. It caused me to look it up and here is what I found. So it must be true since it is the NYT:

Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat

    Gremlin1974 in reply to MarkSmith. | September 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I can confirm this. I spent 10 years as a psych-nurse and the reason I left was because of all the liberal ideas taking over and making impossible to actually treat severely mentally ill patients.

    Example: We went from; “You quit taking your meds and committed x crime, it’s your fault for stopping your meds.” to “It’s not your fault, society has treated you so poorly, we should be more understanding of your illness and what it makes you do.”

    Note that this was regarding the treatment of a man who had chopped his father’s head off with an axe because he believed he was an android possessed by satan.

Is the MAGA hat the trigger or is the real issue what the hat represents; not Nazism/racism but instead a different world view? I suspect that is the actual trigger; hey these folks who I wouldn’t otherwise notice much less invite to a dinner party at my home hold viewpoints outside my comfort zone and it makes me uncomfortable to realize how many people disagree with me.

    mailman in reply to CommoChief. | September 2, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Ots not that these people disagree with you. We all know people like that yet we still get on with them.

    No, the issue here is that these people VIOLENTLY disagree with you and have no issues attacking over this disagreement.

    Therefore it’s impossible to deal with these people because they are irrational.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to mailman. | September 3, 2019 at 2:02 am

      Exactly, which is one reason they want to take guns away, so they can attack more people and not have to fear catching a severe case of rapid lead poisoning.

      CommoChief in reply to mailman. | September 3, 2019 at 10:03 am


      Exactly my point. These poor snowflakes see a MAGA hat and it takes them back to election night coverage watching as Trump wins state after state. So not only do they relive that trauma, they are confronted with visible proof that it was actual voters not Russian bots that elected Trump. A two for one in terms of emotional distress.

    Voyager in reply to CommoChief. | September 2, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    The news agencies spent a tremendous amount of ink telling people it was racist, and that anyone objecting to that was a stealth racist.

      CommoChief in reply to Voyager. | September 3, 2019 at 11:37 am


      Very true, many media outlets have tried to present that narrative. However, as my Grandmother used to say,’ talking loud and talking fast doesn’t make you right; it just means you are a fast talking loud mouth’.

DouglasJBender | September 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm

I feel somewhat the same way about New York Yankees hats.

The TDS orange ribbon is probably the best.

Somehow, these flakes (not snowflakes), need to accept reality. It is not that bad. They won’t be devoured by a spirit. I know life is hard. It’s that much more difficult for stupid people. Too bad.

    MajorWood in reply to Romey. | September 3, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Hmmmmm, a red hat that says “Life is Hard” “It’s harder if you’re stupid.” When they go off on you, point to the hat.

I wish she’d quit writing, us normal people are uncomfortable with what she writes.
Maybe become a house cleaner instead? KThx.
Red flag the witch.

The ‘pulizter prize’ has become as embarrassing as the nobel peace prize after it was given to barack obama for: nothing.

Pulitzer and Nobel: now Fisher-Price toys for useful idiots.

Alternate headline: Rise of the Clothing Fascists Continues…

DouglasJBender | September 2, 2019 at 9:32 pm

The Nobel Peace Prize became a joke when it was given to Yasser Arafat, back in 1993.

My same-sex other half (Supreme Court married) and I will be traveling to the East Coast (D.C., NYC, Boston) next spring. Part of me wants to bring one of the Made-in-China MAGA hats for comic relief, but my Prudent Angel says don’t do it on vacation.

What’s going through my head is the cowboy hat. Out here in the West, on our land, I put on my gun every morning and my hat before I go outside. In previous years this was never a problem; usually the other way around.

It’ll be vacation. All we want to do is have a good time. Wearing my hat is like wearing my underwear. Maybe I will have to raw dog it?

    Gremlin1974 in reply to RandomCrank. | September 3, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Hope you have a great trip, just be careful, I agree with your partner, it’s not worth the risk.

      RandomCrank in reply to Gremlin1974. | September 3, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Actually, I’m the one who has decided not to wear a MAGA hat anywhere in the East. I’d have had to hide it from my partner and wear it on a solitary walk.

      He despises Trump and would be mondo irritated. I, on the other hand, think he’s the rodeo clown who along with Hillary Clinton and any of this round’s Ds made me vote for Vermin Supreme last time and will make me do it again.

      If I were 20 years younger, I’d wear the MAGA hat purely in the interest of supporting free speech. But I’m older now, and on vacation with someone who can’t stand the guy, and the lefties have become violent.

      What I’m asking myself is whether or not my customary cowboy hat will get me attacked because it’ll be interpreted as a MAGA hat by lunatics. When we were back there 6 years ago it was favorably received, but I honestly wonder now. Well, I have 6 or 7 months to think it over.

      RandomCrank in reply to Gremlin1974. | September 3, 2019 at 11:53 am

      ^ which is to say that I’m my own prudent angel. Unfortunately, I’ll be in three places where none of my self-defense weapons are legal. You can’t even carry bear spray in NY let alone a blackjack. They want you to be everyone’s victim.

She’s probably a shoo-in for the Pulitzer now. Just like those reporters who provided such great coverage of a collusion scandal that didn’t exist.

So now, we have the tyranny of the infirm.

This biddy is so crazy that she goes nuts when she sees some article of clothing, and therefore she demands that the whole world conform to her sartorial tastes.

This is her problem, not mine.

Obama voters believe it’s a racist swipe at Obama.

Would she be okay with a red burka?

Saint Louis, Cincinnati, etc baseball teams are racist!

Imagine if she’d said that about wearing “any kind of” hoodie.

Antifundamentalist | September 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm

What was that leftist mantra? “if you don’t like abortions don’t have one….” Well now, if you don’t like MAGA hats, don’t wear one.

Resides the color red, Makkai is triggered by whether to call it a “hat” or a “cap.”

Marginal personalities don’t do well in the real world. It’s like that penny that pulls Reeves back into the present in “Somewhere in Time “.

Leftists, like gangs, now want to ban some colors. These people are messed up.

It’s an assault hat. We need an assault hats ban.

We’ll send her MAGA lingerie. She probably doesn’t have any.

When I worked retail what people wore didn’t trigger me. But I handed people with facial piercings and tattoos off to another associate who mocked them openly. And people wearing Che shirts found it difficult to find any associate for help. None of this was ever discussed with or noticed by management.

We so need to make the orange ribbon for TDS awareness a thing, lol.

“Is anyone else made really uncomfortable these days by anyone wearing any kind of red baseball cap?”

Angels, Cardinals, Nationals, Phillies and Reds.

Consider yourselves on notice.

Rebecca, for you own protection may i suggest that you stay away from sporting events where there tend to be large concentrations of people wearing hats. St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Red Wind Wings, Houston Rockets come to mind. Don’t go to a sports bar either.
You may also want to remove Little Red Corvette, Red Skies at Night along with other songs from your play list.
One last thought, don’t cut yourself.

It’s a HAT. It’s an inanimate object that cannot literally hurt you.

To be fair, the same is true of a swastika. It’s inanimate, and not even an object, and it certainly can’t literally hurt me, but people who wear it in this country are likely to hurt me. So the fact that red hats are inanimate isn’t a good argument against her.

And in fact she addressed that, kind of: “The red hat has become a symbol of hate bc of how its wearers act”. In her universe people who wear MAGA hats act like people who wear swastikas do in this one. So if I were in that universe I would be scared of them too.

The thing is, though, that in this universe people wearing MAGA hats are not known for doing anything scary. On the contrary, they’re known for being insulted, harassed, and assaulted by the likes of this crazy bint.

Hmm, that makes me wonder whether the explanation for the TDS epidemic is as simple as a portal having opened up between us and a universe in which Trump is evil, maybe one in which his grandparents were Hitler admirers and infected him with their poison, and he’s spent his entire career persecuting Jews and black people and kicking puppies. Maybe all these people from there woke up one morning in this universe, and don’t understand what has happened.

    Edward in reply to Milhouse. | September 3, 2019 at 11:42 am

    “…but people who wear it in this country are likely to hurt me.

    Agree with the overall comment, but I think “likely” is not accurate. “Might” – sure, I could see that. Obviously I don’t know you on a personal basis (you might be an Orthodox Jew wearing a Talit and Yarmulke which could make “likely” far more applicable), but it is fair to say that unless you did something to tick off the Hakenkruez wearer I don’t believe mere presence would make the wearer likely to attack you.

      Milhouse in reply to Edward. | September 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      you might be an Orthodox Jew wearing a Talit and Yarmulke which could make “likely” far more applicable

      Got it in one. And I live in Brooklyn, NY, i.e. Jew Central. Chaimeltown.* Anyone wearing a swastika here means trouble.

      * No, I was not at all offended when Jackson used that term; he’s an offensive person in general, but not for that. I was bemused by all the people who had supported him until then but suddenly turned on him just for that one word.

    RandomCrank in reply to Milhouse. | September 3, 2019 at 11:56 am

    For all the current talk about “Nazis,” how come I’ve never seen anyone wearing a swastika? I live in a rural, conservative county. Not a one of those things, ever.

      Milhouse in reply to RandomCrank. | September 3, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      They exist, but they’re very rare. My guess is that there are maybe 500 serious neonazis in the USA, and maybe 10,000 armchair ones, plus maybe 100,000 who don’t buy into the ideology but like the aesthetics; most of them are probably also at least somewhat antisemitic, but some are not. (cf Gordon Liddy.)

Better still, how about a Guy Fawkes mask or a black bandanna? These are inanimate objects, incapable of hurting me, but if I were to see someone wearing them I would be afraid because I know what such people often do.

Speaking of which, my bus driver tonight had a hennaed beard. I did briefly wonder whether I ought to be worried, but decided it wasn’t enough of an indication.

“Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents. Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.”
― Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

The left has and is trying to equate the MAGA hat with the swastika. Squealer pushed the hated of Jones to unite the other animals. MAGA hatred is nothing new. Useful idiots are nothing new. Is Makkai a useful idiot or is she a social loser trying to strengthen her membership in some leftist circles? Or, both? She behaves more like a Nazi than her hated targets have ever done.

Squealer convinced the weaker-thinking animals to hate (among other things), did he not?

Wow. WOW….Her victim status is better than mine!!!!! What shall I do…I got it!!!!
I am triggered by HETEROSEXUALS! …….. What? You say AOC played that card? ….Sheeeesh…
Pancakes! I am triggered by pancakes! And maple syrup is appropriated by white people! Butter is sacred to the blessed swastika loving Hindus….all out…kill the pancake eaters!

Anacleto Mitraglia | September 3, 2019 at 3:21 am

That Cali factory with all those latino and black workers will remind her of the Albert Speer’s underground weapons factories operated by war slaves…
On a serious note, 25 bucks for a baseball hat is a rip-off, but to see these freaks meltdown has no price.

A mental association forced by persistent, especially progressive, viewing of negative disinformation. He’s a witch. No, he’s a warlock. He may have once been a baby.

The TDS orange ribbon is probably the best…..They also used the “Safety Pin” as a way to let others know that they had issues

Who gives a flying Eff what Rebecca Makkai thinks or Feelz about red hats shirts or for that matter pants,perhaps it’s Santa.

Natural selection will sort out these inferiors, given enough time. Stop coddling them and let them go. Do it for the children or something.

Triggered by red hats??? Is it the color red or the hat? What does she do at a red light? Sit there and cry? She must go into convulsions when she sees a policeman wearing a hat and she has to walk past them.

    Harley, it looks like maybe she’s blonde from her avatar, so I’ll wager at a blinking red light she goes Vroom! Screech! Vroom! Screech! Vroo…

I f wearing a red hat upsertns scum like this, that is the best argument for wearing one. What is more attractive than a “woke” lying on the ground forth,ng at the mouth.

Trim your nails and take a happy pill, cupcake. The nasty ol’ red hat won’t bite, trust me. If this is the caliber of individual that is a Bullitzer Prize nominee, then the “Prize” belongs in a box of Cracker Jack’s. What an absolute moron this woman is. Here’s your sign and orange ribbon, cookie.

Makes me want to send the re-election campaign the money necessary to get the “free” hat. 😉

“Now, show me on this doll where the red hat hurt you…” *sigh* T

Misspelled “Phewlitzer”.
The Duranty trophy for fabulists everywhere.

Maybe it’s not the cap. Perhaps thong panties aren’t right for her.

In the run up to the last Presidential, I quit wearing my red “Stihl” schwag baseball cap, in glorious, glorious red. Why spin people up or risk a reaction, if you don’t have to? Someone gets all wee-wee’d up before they look at what it says, “Stihl”, who needs that.

Post the kids getting harrassed on their field trip, I started wearing that same red “Stihl” baseball cap again. Still in glorious, glorious red. Because screw the twitchy-people, that’s why.

Now it’s not the unacceptable political message, but somethihng perfectly general that’s associated in some sense with the unacceptable political message: wrong color, it’s a baseball cap, it’s on your head, you were breathing oxygen when they noticed you JUST LIKE A TRUMPKIN, OH GOD, OH GOD, OH GOD.

Last week I bought two bright red sports schwag baseball caps at Goodwill. That’s *before* this whack-job came out with this nonsense escalation.

I am ahead of the curve, it seems. /moar popcorn

I’m done trying to accommodate. If they want to be this crazy, it’s their problem. Indeed, call me out for wearing red. A Mr. Bono would like to have a word with you about branding.

I wish to demur.
I have now crossed the borderline from middle-aged to elderly. I walk (no longer) the streets of downtown observing the twenties-thirties showing the tops of black balaclavas and neckerchiefs poking out of their shirts and upper garments knowing that my presence is sufficient to set them into a murderous rage.
And I am afraid, afraid, knowing that I could be beaten to a pulp in a matter of minutes and the presence of police standing nearby would do nothing to inhibit them.

Thanks to this, I’ve put away all of my non-red hats and am only wearing red ones for a while. Why do I need to buy a MAGA hat if I already know I can spazz out a liberal with ANY red hat.