From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 25 Aug 2003 - 03:41:25 GMT
I was talking about different clothing styles of the past with some friends
tonite and a memory sprang up about a rumor I'd heard from some black pals
ca. 1987 about a clothing line called Troop that was popular amongst black
youth in the mid to late 80's. I remember seeing Troop clothes and how cool
they looked. I almost, hip hopp lover that I was, bought some myself.
Well my friends (ca. 1987) had said they heard that the KKK was behind
Troop. Popular rapper L.L. Cool J. had some popular association with these
clothes as IIRC he often wore them (along with his trademark Kangol hat). I
wondered if this rumor may have been a slight against the reputation of L.L.
Cool J. perpetrated by some up and coming hip hopper(s) jealous of his
phenomenal popularity or some such. Maybe somebody had it in for the
This story of the KKK (a definite antiblack hate group) having a connection
to a clothing line that catered to a clientele which was predominately black
just may have been nothing but an urban legend. It would be interesting to
look more deeply into this rumor. I found this URL which presents the story
as nothing but an urban legend:
I don't recall the part about LL Cool J being on Oprah, but the insinuation
that he was a patsy for the Klan.
Could it easily be verified that LL had actually been on Oprah's show and
ripped a Troop jacket off in disgust?
This could show how rumors can spread quickly through a population and have
an impact upon the popular perception of a commercial product.
Remember the old Pop Rocks and Soda rumor? They addressed that one on the
recent 70's nostalgia series on VH1 (I Love the 70's?). I think the rumor
was that Mikey from the cereal commercials had succumbed to this
combination. All I remember was having those tiny little pieces of exploding
candy go off in the back of my throat.
Get MSN 8 and help protect your children with advanced parental controls.
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