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It’s no secret that Justin Trudeau is a fan of quirky socks. He’s been seen sporting a maple-leaf speckled pair, festive stripes, and paid...

It’s no secret that Justin Trudeau is a fan of quirky socks. He’s been seen sporting a maple-leaf speckled pairfestive stripes, and paid homage to Star Wars back on May 4th. This past week, the prime minister’s socks were in the spotlight again when he wore Chewbacca socks during a talk with Melinda Gates at Goalkeepers in New York. It caused an uproar on Twitter, even inciting comments from Star Trek star William Shatner. Others have commended Trudeau for being cool, with multiple people on Twitter and bragging about how the prime minister is arguably the best leader in the world.

While the world talks about his socks, this leaves both the words he says and his actions overlooked. On September 21st, Trudeau spoke at the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York, with multiple news outlets reporting that he spoke about Canada’s dark history of mistreatment against the indigenous population. He mentioned the liberal government’s plans to provide better care for the indigenous population in Canada, of which the government has been accused of failing to keep promises. His speech was important considering Canada hasfaced scrutiny from the UN for its treatment of indigenous peoples.

So just why exactly is everyone talking about his socks?

It’s arguable that his socks are just a fun way to spice up the boring suit and tie combo, or maybe it’s to seem more relatable to the rest of the population. Alternatively, his funky socks could be an excellent marketing approach to make the prime minister more likeable by the masses.

“I think it’s childish and tacky,” says Destiny Dekock, an 18 year old student at Carleton University. “It feels like another example of performative allyship.” Referencing the time Trudeau wore rainbow socks to celebrate both Eid and Toronto pride, which happened to fall on the same day, Dekock believes that rather than showing his support through fun socks, the government should be taking action.

 

 

It’s clear that Justin Trudeau’s habit of wearing these printed socks causes a stir. So, why not force people to talk about what matters? Sure, Star Wars socks are cool, but maybe try wearing a pair made by Indigenous artists to highlight the struggles being faced by Indigenous populations in Canada. Wearing fun socks is cool, but taking action is even cooler.