A recent Sunday Times article by Andrew Gilligan referred to ‘hipster fascists’ with their penchant for New Balance trainers and skinny jeans.
So their views might be out where the buses don’t run but at least they have a decent dress code.
It’s not just the print media.
Mainstream broadcasters have been giving significant airtime to various prominent far-right identities.
If seen to be complicit in the process of ‘normalisation’ then – through playing down or trivialising the very real and detrimental impact bigotry and hate can have on the lives of individuals, communities and wider society – the mainstream media could be accused of conferring acceptability on some of these views.
Focusing upon the style – clothes or brands worn by far-right activists or having debates about the extent to which they might be a “working-class hero” fails to acknowledge the highly politicised agendas and ideologies those being focused on seek to disseminate.
It also has the potential to embolden and strengthen their supporters and act as a recruiting tool – making them appear as the ‘true voice’ of certain communities, groups or constituencies.