The guy from the Marlboro commercial.
The present re-invention of the tradition of the West as a mass phenomenon that captured American politics is the product of the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan eras. And of…

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Wild riders
Real cowboys have never played the slightest political role in US history - because the cities that featured in the Wild West myths are not real cities or even state…

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Not a single chance!
Another myth was fighters who shot at the same time from two revolvers, never missing their victims. To begin with, even wearing two revolvers, each four pounds in weight, was…

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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Blacks in the Wild West

I recently had the opportunity to participate in one interesting discussion on Facebook on the page of a famous film critic. One of my friends complained about the dominance of political correctness in the new westerns – here in the trailer of the new “Gorgeous Seven” a black character appears, as in many previous westerns of recent years, where “racial diversity” is almost a prerequisite. Without the “black cowboys” nowhere. Although we know that real cowboys should be white, and “Afro-cowboys” have the same relation to historical truth as, for example, the black knights at the court of King Arthur – that is, no one – but they help to attract African-American audiences to the cinemas and protect against criticisms of the liberal public that “the problems of cisgender white middle-aged people no longer bother anyone.” Continue reading

Brutal beauties in hats

Brutal beauties in hats, with careless cigarettes in the corner of their mouth, hung with rings, a lasso and riding on tamed mustangs – this is how we imagine cowboys, dashing guys from the Wild West, the dream of young ladies from the saloon and not only. But what really? In fact, it turns out that the real Texas cowboys oh, how far from the image, brilliantly created by Hollywood Westerns.

ORIGIN OF HEROES
In everyday life, real cowboys had much less romance, heroism and gloss. Continue reading

What did the cowboys do for fashion?

Recognizable image

He put on a poncho and jeans or boots with a narrowed cape and a wide leather belt, a hat and a shirt with braid, a bandana or a bolo tie (aka a cowboy tie) – and it’s immediately clear: this is a cowboy style. In order to become like the hero of a western, it is not necessary to dress up in a full-fledged costume: the inhabitants of the West and the filmmakers have done enough to ensure that each individual part of the wardrobe sends the viewer to the familiar image of a rider jumping along the prairies. Continue reading

Rare minutes of rest at the ranch
He was taken to Lincoln, accompanied by heavy security. Lawyers feared that someone would try to save Billy, but there was no one to save him - all his close…

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The guy from the Marlboro commercial.
The present re-invention of the tradition of the West as a mass phenomenon that captured American politics is the product of the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan eras. And of…

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The continuation of the legend
And it doesn’t matter that he was somewhat inconsistent with reality. After all, not all cowboys were white, and among them were many adventurers, scammers and people with a bad…

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Songs of a Cheerful Cowboy
Not ignored by the sculptors and horses, the main assistants of the cowboys. Particularly impressive is the spectacle of the “Blue Mustang”, a giant figure of 32 feet high and…

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