El-P doesn’t want to be confused with anything Donald Trump related, even if it means giving up one of his favorite clothing items. That means chances of seeing him sporting a red New York Yankees hat anytime soon are next to nil after he realized the connotation they may carry, thanks to the president elect.
“Red hat thing is no joke,” El wrote in a now deleted tweet. “Few white friends told me about realizing POC/women seeming nervous around them and it dawning on them: red hat. So yeah red hats out. Small as it is, it’s become a trigger for stress and fear and a sign of ideals I don’t wanna rep even from a distance.”
The reference he’s alluding to would be similarly styled red, “Make America Great Again” headgear wore by The Donald and his supporters while Trump was on the campaign trail. The caps and slogan took on a life of their own for wearers and everyone else as a symbol for GOP candidate’s often hateful message.
El-P’s not the only musician switching things up because of Trump. Last week, Donnie Trumpet, close friend and collaborator to Chance The Rapper, announced he would no longer go by his stage name to avoid being confused with Trump or anything the country’s next president represents.