This is why we can't have nice things
It’s not fair that the swastika — a symbol of good luck in southeast Asia — was used as a symbol of hate, and it’s not fair that yuppies made suspenders — a functional fashion accessory — a symbol of greed. Yet that’s how such things get a bad rap. These symbols went from innocuous to notorious overnight thanks to a few people (or a murderous army, in fairness) who donned them, despite years of being associated with different things entirely.
Here are some other examples of innocent things that became sinister thanks to those who adopted them…
I had a red polo and a blue polo, and every time I wore them with khakis for work people would ask me if I worked at Target or Best Buy. I even foolishly went to Target wearing my red polo, and several people asked me to help them find things.
I don’t own either of those shirts anymore. (AbeFroman21)
Ski masks. Great idea to stay warm. Then in the late ’70s early ’80s it became the standard uniform for criminals/terrorists and wearing one was a good way to scare people as well as stay toasty. (lateral_moves)
They already ruined wearing stockings over your head. Bastards! (SageHunter)
In China wearing a green hat leads people to think your wife cheats on you. (ChefBreadstick)
There is an old Chinese story that a wife gave her husband a green hat that he was only to wear when he went out on business trips.
As the man had to walk through town on his way out of town, the man the wife was cheating with would know the husband would be out of town for a few days if he saw the husband wearing the green hat.
So it basically a green hat means “I’m leaving town, go screw my wife” in China. (Noah129)