• Sun, May 12 2013

Hipster Glasses Banned At Brooklyn School

Hipster glasses banned by Brooklyn school.

These are so not OK.

Looking like a nerd has gotten too cool, so an Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn has gone and banned your Tina Fey glasses.

According to the New York Post, Borough Park’s Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion recently wrote to parents and asked them to only buy their students simple frameless or wire-frame glasses, because thick-framed glasses of any variety are no longer allowed, whether they’re being worn by hipsters or nerds or just fourth graders.

“What we have to commit ourselves to is we have to stand on top of this and not tolerate the new modernism,” said the school, which has students from grades 4 through 12.

Apparently the students had taken to wearing glasses with relatively thick frames, some of them colorful. And while the school says keeping track of what type of glasses are becoming cool at any given moment is nearly impossible, it’s figured out enough to crack down on “immodest” thick frames, which the school says “give the child a very coarse look.”

“It doesn’t matter what age — a student cannot come to yeshiva with these glasses,” the school said. Parents were told to consider the cost of buying new glasses to replace the now-banned frames as an educational expense.

“Style is not a sin, but the culture is to stay away from new things and to keep them the way they were,” said Nafle Frank, a student at the school who said he didn’t have a problem with the nerd-frame ban.

Eyeglass shops in the area say they’ve been seeing tons of exchanges since the missive went out. One said it had exchanged 30 pairs of glasses in two weeks, and another said school officials actually dropped by to inspect the glasses it was carrying and declare which ones were acceptable and which ones were not.

“They basically said these are the Hasidic ones — and those are not,” a shop employee said.

The school-accepted ones now live in their own private little display case, far away from the immodest nerd glasses.

Via NY Post/Photo: Shutterstock

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  • Natalie

    This is so absurd you would think it wasn’t true. They are glasses. To help kids read. That is a good thing, right?

  • Tusconian

    As much as I detest the “look at me and my fake glasses, don’t I look so hipnerdy” trend, this could actually hurt students with severe vision issues. My eyesight can be corrected to basically 20/20, but it’s more difficult and much more expensive than it is for the average “OMG totally blind” person with a mild prescription. Even with the technology to thin out the lenses, any glasses I buy are so thick that it’s difficult to find wire-framed glasses that support the lenses. Frameless glasses are impossible. So, plastic or thick metal framed glasses (which look similar in style to plastic frames) of a certain size are the only option for me, or were until I started wearing contacts exclusively, which isn’t always an option for kids, especially if they’re part of a culture that doesn’t embrace modernity. And I am hardly the only person who has had this experience.

  • Amanda

    Do they not realize how fucking expensive glasses can be? Who has the money for all that?

  • SillyRules

    And this is why I’m Reform Jewish. Anyway, I have thick black plastic frames because I have thick lenses because my eyesight actually does suck and am also in sports and the plastic won’t break. I’m finally getting contacts as a birthday present this week, though so that won’t be an issue for me. But these kids don’t have the option of contacts if they’re so against modern stuff. Plus, glasses are super expensive. Unless the school is gonna go out and buy these poor kids glasses, they shouldn’t be banning them.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    This is pretty funny. Those glasses were common in the 1960s and we all thought they were ugly.

  • scallywag

    One wonders what
    could have prompted such a specific ban? Were they banning the eyeglasses, or
    the image that many associate with them? Which forces another question why is
    the Orthodox Jewish community so hard up about appropriating with the wider
    community?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2013/05/jewish-orthodox-high-school-bans-hipster-glasses-the-rest-of-the-hipsters-are-next/

  • esotericknowledge

    Ah, to be wound so tight that glasses frighten you.

    And that kid that said culture’s purpose is to stay the same forever! Stay away from new things!

    Quick! Everyone! Rub two sticks together! What the heck were we thinking! Ah, feel that? That’s the warmth of conservatism. That school will be just fine.

  • erincinco

    The very last pair of glasses I bought – a mere 2 months before I got PRK – were large and “hipster-nerdy,” which made me (finally!) in sync with my neighborhood. And then I went and got my peepers fixed. I still have the glasses…which I know I should give to the the Lion’s Club…sigh.