Dictator Chic (From the Archives of the Manolo)

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here is the oldie, but the timely goody from the archives of the Manolo.

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo to comment upon the clothing of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the koo-koo-nutty president of Iran.

Normally, the Manolo he does not care to think too much about the sartorial choices of such ridiculous and dangerous peoples, preferring in the stead to devote his precious thinking time to weightier matters, such as whether or not the loathsome Jeffrey will be one of the Project Runway final three, or if the Hasselhoff will ever again find the true love with the career chick of his dreams.

But, the Manolo he is nothing if not obliging to his internet friends, and so he will make the brief remarks.

Briefly and remarkably, the President of the Iran wears the same khaki windbreaker, wrinkled trousers, cheap oxford shirts, scruffy beard and wild eyes favored by the aging high school chemistry teachers everywhere.

Yes, in his youth he was the firebrand who would shake the very foundations of the society, but today he is content to expound upon his paranoid conspiracy theories while exercising his petty autocratic powers over the dull kids who sit in the back of the class.

In the word, he has tenure.

“Umm, Mr. Ahmadinejad, it’s time for recess.”

“Shut up and sit down, Chad, we’re not done discussing how the international Zionist cabal is controlling the lunch room.”

The Manolo has nothing more to say about the clothes of the Ahmadinejad, other than that they are bad, terribly bad, even when judged against the already lamentably low standards set by the current crop of tyrants, despots, and dictators-to-be.

Please go read the whole thing, even though, lamentably most of the photos the Manolo selected to go with this are no long valid.

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11 Responses to “Dictator Chic (From the Archives of the Manolo)”




  1. raincoaster Says:

    Who was it who said that the fascists always had the best outfits?

    Prince?




  2. The Thoughtful Dresser Says:

    Does anyone else think he has suspiciously and uniformly black hair for a man his age?




  3. Annalucia Says:

    Ah! Molte grazie, Manolo dear, for bringing back this oldie but goodie. It still makes the Annalucia laugh aloud, even though many of the photos are no longer available.

    As for the photos, the Annalucia once saw a photo of the Qaddafi which made her jaw drop. He is dressed in the flowing lavender robe with the Jackie-style pillbox hat in identical color, and he looks like the elderly Palm Beach divorcee. She saw the photo in a newspaper, but if it is online, she will find it and send it along.




  4. Pam Walter Says:

    Perhaps someone should take off his shoes and throw them at him. :o)




  5. La BellaDonna Says:

    Aaaaaieeeee!! It is the Billy Mays, and he will assault our eardrums with the many wonders and virtues of OxyClean!!




  6. Belle de Ville Says:

    Thanks for reposting this article…it still cracks me up and I shamelessly stole your idea for my post.
    http://beverlyhillsbranche.blogspot.com/2009/06/dictator-chic-can-ahmadinejad-take-tip.html

    Hey…can you get Glenn Reynolds to give me an Instalaunch for this post….
    I’m not above grovelling here…




  7. raincoaster Says:

    Did someone request a song?

    http://www.wat.tv/video/saturday-night-live-iran-so-far-sijz_sij2_.html




  8. raincoaster Says:

    Let’s see if this works:

    Saturday Night Live – Iran’ so far sélectionné dans Parodie / Doublage et TV Humour




  9. Vicki Says:

    My chemistry teacher in Montebello had a cranberry colored windbreaker just like that.




  10. meed Says:

    First, he’s not a dictator. And you post is totally non sense. Obviously your audience know absolutely nothing about Iran but what they listen on mainstream TV channels, so they can only approve all the absurdity you write about him.
    Not that I would necessarily love this elected president, I disagree with many of his political decisions…
    But you should restrict yourself to shoes blogging, as visibly, politics other than propaganda is not your field !













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