Sunday, February 22, 2015

The not so classy pinup: Neo Confederate Flag apologists Bernie and Levi Dexter

I believe the following and above words of this to be true covered under my freedom of speech and the first amendment of the United States of America:





Rebel Redux. Bernie Dexter proudly wears a sickening racist symbol casually "updated"  for waning rockabilly relics.



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."

Here is what Bernie and Levi Dexter and their fans ignore about the Confederate Flag:


The Confederate battle flag was specifically reintroduced in 1956, just two years after the Supreme Court decision Brown v Board of Education. It was a clear protest against school desegregation and wanting to keep brutal apartheid in the Southern States. It was also raised at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) during protests against integration of schools. Thus the flag was revived to fly as symbol during the harassment and murder of Black Americans in the civil rights era and well beyond. It was often flown when tiny children and High school students were harassed by racists in the South for trying to go to decent schools. Teddy Boys in the first era who embraced the Confederate flag were some of the nastiest and most racist of all the youth sub cultures seen in Great Britain-then or now. Wow. Great "tradition" rockabilly fans. How about having some class and banning it in the Rockabilly and Pinup community and taking a long over due step up on the evolutionary ladder? I don't hold out much hope after reading the hundreds of Bernie Dexter Rockabilly followers and customers who believe that the Confederate Flag is "harmless."




     
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..."  


                                                        The Rockabilly Flag


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
RACIST IMAGERY
CONFEDERATE FLAG 
PIN UP DRESSES 
MOD CLOTH 
THAT SHOP AUSTRALIA 
PLUS SIZE PARIS 
MISKONDUCT EXCLUSIVE 
CHERRY TREE LANE 
PAULA PRASS 
MISS LILY ANN
MICHEAL MILLER FABRICS
WHAT KATIE DID
GRETSCH BROTHERS
YOU LOST GET OVER IT!
TRUE CORSET
CERVIN TIGHTS AND HOSIERY
SERENITY BRIDGE 
JESSICA 
RACISM RETRO STYLE
HAPPY VALLEY 
BETTINA SCARLETT 
VINTAGE FASHION REVIEW
RACIST KKK FLAG
UNIQUE VINTAGE BERNIE DEXTER PLUS SIZE

         
                                 


                                       
                                             

                                 

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5 comments:

  1. What a bunch of liberal codswallop. Bernie Rocks.

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    1. Bernie is a cunt and liberals don't run this page, hardcore radicals do. Grow a pair.

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  2. what a load of BULLSHIT!ROCKABILLY is music from the Southern states & is a mixture of Country music & Blues which the last time i checked was Black music.So to say it's racist is just ignorance as its a multi cultural artform.
    The flag just represents the South where Rockabilly was born.

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  3. Levi appears at all sorts of Rockabilly events, resembling some character out of a B-movie The Living Dead. If he has any more face lifts, he’s gonna have nipples on his chin. Both he and his wife are living testament to the immense magic of Photoshop. And aside from that one song mentioned no one in the Rockabilly scene seems able to name a single piece of music he’s sung or played. He only ever appears to play in Japan as a kitsch Rock ‘n Roll novelty act after having fooled them into thinking he was a major Rockabilly musician.

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  4. Why not call yourself a regressive blog.
    Rockabilly is about Rebellion and it has Southern roots.
    A confederate flag or Rebel flag has been adopted and widely been accepted.
    Same as within the 20's a Swastika didn't have anything to do with Nazi's.
    Today the rockabilly scene is racial indifferent, and would just wave rebel flags.
    Nothing racist about that flag, apart from that it has been used for different goals than it used to be in the 1800's

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