Update 22/2/2015: This post has now been broken up into two pieces for clarity. For the post on Bernie Dexter's plus size shaming and being "dropped" by Mod Cloth please go here. For recent legal reference, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in 2014 prohibiting state agencies from selling or displaying items bearing the Confederate flag. The bill passed the California State Assembly on Aug. 21 by a vote of 66-1. State Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, who introduced the bill said the bipartisan victory symbolized that lawmakers were "standing together united to fend off the ugly hatred of racism that's been portrayed and demonstrated through the emblem of the Confederacy."
British Teddy Boy revivalist and rockabilly singer Levi Dexter (above with guitar) has often mentioned in interviews how proud he is that his television debut in the USA included the Confederate Flag (video link is here. must be seen to be believed ) and how misbegotten it is that certain people believe that the Confederate Flag stands for "racist beliefs and slavery..." He's stated that "playing rockabilly music live.. let alone singing "A Note From The South" with a confederate flag hanging at the back of the stage on national T.V. on an Easter Friday caused Merv Griffin (iconic 70s television presenter) quite a bit of flack... It's a shame things don't work that way today. Levi Dexter has also stated that 1950s Teddy Boys, some of whom actually terrorized and even murdered immigrants in post war 1950s UK, were simply keeping "order as poor kids and football hooligans caused trouble..."
After claiming in mid February 2015 that "plus size gals don't like to spend much on clothes" American pin up model and fashion "designer" Bernie Dexter is in full, grovelling damage control victim mode on social media once again. Many of us in the Pinup community are DONE- not only listening to Bernie Dexter's narcissism and her cyber attacks on others in the Pinup community but we've seen her get away with blithely wearing very racist symbol for far too long with no critique from Kustom, rockabilly or the Pin up community. In Alabama the Klu Klux Klan are parading their Confederate flags marching against the rights of same sex marriage and threatening Gay men and women while Bernie Dexter is a proud Confederate Flag wearing Pinup who named her inaugural clothing line "Bernie Dexter: Rebel Girl." She and her husband pose with and defend the usage and stylizations of the Confederate Flag aka KKK Rebel flag of racial hatred and promote models like Miss Lily Ann who use hurtful racist imagery such as the mockery of Native Americans. Why any public figure with a business would think that that the Confederate Flag should still be used in the 21st century even in a kitsch format is baffling. Suffice to say it should never be used at all by civilized people. Clearly it is an audience ignorant to Bernie's dismal views on race and size that keeps her business afloat. Many assuredly share similar views with her because every single excuse in the book is being used to defend the usage of the Confederate Flag.
A sampling of Miss Lily Ann's arcane racist imagery
Bottom line: As a public figure, Bernie Dexter designs almost none of her own fabrics, her social skills are horrendous and apparently she stands for nothing of political or cultural importance apart from the Confederate flag. So why does Bernie still have a following then? Perhaps she is simply pitied because she is so stupid. But stupid is not worthy of pity folks. Not when it size shames and uses two faced tactics to save face. And certainly not when it promotes a symbol which unequivocally stands for the anguish of millions of American people of color, the poor and/or GLBT people.
Bernie and Levi Dexter have no class or values.
Are you disappointed by Bernie Dexter's embrace of The Confederate Flag? Then let her business accounts, clients and the people she buys her fabrics from know how you feel:
BEL AIR RETRO FURNITURE
PIN UP DRESSES
THAT SHOP AUSTRALIA
PLUS SIZE PARIS
CHERRY TREE LANE
MISS LILY ANN
MICHEAL MILLER FABRICS
WHAT KATIE DID
YOU LOST GET OVER IT!
CERVIN TIGHTS AND HOSIERY
RACISM RETRO STYLE
VINTAGE FASHION REVIEW
RACIST KKK FLAG
UNIQUE VINTAGE BERNIE DEXTER PLUS SIZE