Responses to trend stories in The New York Times can come fast and furious, but the Internet's reaction to the paper's latest trend piece—on the return of the monocle—was swift, unforgiving, and absolutely hilarious.
The original is worth a read. In it, Allen Salkin reports that sales of the single lens accessory are on the upswing, both at home and abroad:
To its credit, the article backs up this claim with cold hard facts. One eyewear shop in London has seen the sale of monocles double in the past five years. And online retailer Warby Parker has watched sales of its $50 monocle increase by over 150% since 2012. A spokeswoman for the brand told Details that the company sold 574 of the one-lensed wonders in 2013.
They say numbers don't lie, but they still can't a quell a good ol' media backlash. Below, we've rounded up the best tweets, posts, and other comments on the matter—including the official statement from perhaps the most conspicuous monocle wearer in the land, Mr. Peanut.
Twitter commenters were quick to put down the story as made up fluff, and some went so far as to make jokes at the expense of some of the Times' other recent trend pieces. [#twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenBans/statuses/441633569228615680] [#twitter: https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/statuses/441399901944291328] [#twitter: https://twitter.com/WaltHickey/statuses/442770571286577152] [#twitter: https://twitter.com/Brokelyn/statuses/443044247814799360]
Mark Berman of The Washington Post penned one of many sarcastic responses to the article, in which he pondered what place the monocle will hold in history. (The BBC, Time, andVanity Fair also weighed in.)
New York Magazine actually did look into the monocle's history—or at least its history with the Times—and found that the paper has been burying and resurrecting it for over a century.
The Final Word
So who got the last comment? Mr. Peanut, the monocled Planters mascot, whose corporate handlers released the following statement:
Mr. Peanut advised that men brave enough to try the look "focus on fashion first, try not to blink, and remember that there is only room for one monocle-wearing gentleman in a room."
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.
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