Lonsdale Clothing Forbidden in Dutch School
A few days ago, Fok.nl reported this: VMBO wil geen Lonsdale na brand moskee (VMBO doesn't want Lonsdale after mosque fire).
The gist of the story is that in a small Dutch town called Helden, a local school banned the wearing of Lonsdale brand clothing after a mosque was set on fire. Apparently Lonsdale is a brand that is very popular with racists, neo-nazi's and other people with more hair than brains. In the Netherlands there seems to be a growing group of youngsters who identify with this subculture and express this by wearing Lonsdale clothing.
Two things strike me as very funny here:
- Nothing directly indicates that the Londsdale-youths had anything to do with setting the fire, although some of them doubtlessly approved of it. But why then not ban headscarves as wel after the murder of Theo Van Gogh?
- Why do these people wear these clothes, when the brand Lonsdale stands for a line of boxing-gear also worn by (among others) Mike Tyson and Muhammed Ali?
One theory I heard on the internet (which must therefor be true) is that the letters 'NSDA' are the only ones visible when wearing a Lonsdale t-shirt under an open jacket. 'NSDA' can then be understood to be part of 'NSDAP', the name of Hitler's Nazi party.