Ugly corduroy skirt brings campus togetherPosted by staff / December 2, 2009
Rarely do fashion faux pas unite strangers for a cause. Well, unless it’s an episode of “What Not to Wear” and the cause is permanently disabling your mom’s wardrobe time machine. Annnyway, a student at New York’s Syracuse University managed to unveil his campus’ caring and accepting side with a simple, clever sign and a smile.
Syracuse junior Chris Pesto was strolling campus last month when he noticed two protestors holding signs that read, “Homosexuality is a sin, Christ can set you free.” Annoyed at the glaring hatred, Chris decided to start a counter protest because, in his words, “I decided that because this woman thought it was okay to make me feel uncomfortable in my home, I would retaliate and make her feel just as uncomfortable, if not more.”
Channeling his inner Stacey London, Chris took note of the protester’s outfit, an ankle-length corduroy skirt (gasp!) topped off with a hoodie, and decided to fight fire with fashion. Breaking out the Sharpie, Chris created a sign reading “Corduroy Skirts are a Sin” and stood next the woman. Chris’ sign garnered a slew of chuckles and thumbs up, but, more importantly, drew a crowd of 100+ people who stood in support of gay rights.
Reflecting on the event in a Facebook Note, Chris wrote, “I never expected anybody to come stand by me and support and I appreciate it so much that everyone came! It meant so much and it proved to those ignorant people that we aren’t afraid, and we will put up a fight.”
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