The Tyrant Teeters

Colonel Qaddafis Umbrella

Ear Flaps? Oh Fortuna!

Manolo says, while few things would make the Manolo happier than to see the tyrant Qaddafi run out of Libya in ignominy, it is nonetheless somewhat disappointing to see him reduced to such dire sartorial straits.

It was only the few years ago that the Manolo was pointing out that Colonel Nutbar was the only despot who fully understood the value of costuming…

Young Qadaffi. 1969

Colonel Hawtness, 1969


Naturally there is the exception that proves the rule, the one dictator who knows how to rock the clothing. The man who in his prime was the movie-star handsome tyrant with the mythic fashion sense.

The Manolo is speaking, of the course, about the Mu’amar al-Qaddafi, who has eschewed the cheap gangster look, preferring in the stead to wear the flowing natural-fibers and earth-toned robes favored by both the Bedouins of the Sahara and the Jedi Knights of Tatooine.

And when he was not sporting the Bedouin robes, the Qaddafi he wears the kinte-cloth dashikis! And he had the personal bodyguard comprised entirely of the super hotty she-devils!

This […] is how the real tyrants do it, with flair and drama and color, and Amazons in the tight-fitting camouflage cat-suits!

Qaddafi and his Bodyguards

Who's the cat who won't cop out when there's danger all about? QADDAFI!

Qaddafi, he’s not just the despot, he is the Arab Superfly, White Shaft in Africa!

Let us hope that the people of Libya will soon be free from this clothing-aware lunatic.

6 Responses to “The Tyrant Teeters”

  1. Patricia February 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    That wide shoulder look is so over, and so, one hopes, is Colonel Nutbar. He is now ripe for the simplicity of the Garb of Incarceration, yes?

  2. raincoaster February 23, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    And to think, fascists always used to have the best uniforms.

    I agree, time to bring on the horizontal stripey PJs or the orange jumpsuit.

  3. Anodised February 23, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Hmm, I can’t help but like that blue camouflage suit though :-)

  4. Cris February 23, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    (With apologies to Peter and Gordon)

    He’s very mean
    Dressed like a queen,
    Floats on oil
    His poeple’s toil
    Abounds
    Yadda da da da da
    His long robe belled
    Bargain basement Lagerfeld
    The coif never seemed quite jell-el-el-elled
    It’s Colonel Quaddaffi now!

    (Rinse and Repeat)

  5. Mike Walsh February 23, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    To be sure, it’s time for the Colonel to go. Still, I hope there’s another James Bond-class villain who’s in the market for a fembot bodyguard entourage. Hate to see the girls go begging.

    Also: I always liked the way Pres. Bush senior pronounced the name: ka-daffy. Appropriate.