In another example of the #MeToo movement going off the rails, New York Fashion Week will now feature a creepy voodoo-themed fashion show inspired by the anti-sexual harassment movement.
According to Page Six, fashion designers XULY.Bët, Mimi Prober and Hogan McLaughin are "combining their shows on Thursday and conducting the paean to two voodoo spirits, Ezili Dantor and Ezili Freda who, we’re told, together represent the 'perfect feminine whole' in the religion."
Producers for the show are now scrambling to construct "voodoo poles" while fretting over the "legality of acquiring a machete in New York City."
XULY.Bët designer Lamine Kouyate hails from the African country of Mali and the show was inspired partly by the #MeToo movement and anger over President Trump’s alleged "s—hole countries" remark.
The show will even include a voodoo priestess, Sallie Ann Glassman, who was flown in from New Orleans. A group of Haitian spiritual drummers will be lead by Atibon Legba. TV personality and amateur witch Kelly Cutrone, founder of People’s Revolution, also helped in planning.
Present at the show will also be the alleged machete traditionally carried by the spirit Ezili Dantor. Speaking with Page Six, Cutrone said she consulted her lawyer before obtaining the machete.
Said Cutrone, "[The lawyer] replied, 'I have represented clients with brass knuckles, gravity knives, hunting knives, guns, automatic weapons and even a musket but never a machete — let's keep it that way.'"
Cutrone also described her group as an assembly of "pagans, Jews, witches and voodoo practitioners trying to do something for feminism and the retail business."
Feminism and witchcraft have strong ties. As the ideology has gained more cultural staying power over the years, it should come as no surprise to any of us that witchcraft would grow in popularity.
According to Laurie Penny at The Baffler, the number of feminist witches has been steadily rising since the 1960s to an apex in the Trump era. Since day one of his administration, these merry bands of restless Sirens have performed a variety of spells and hexes to "bind" the president from implementing policies that defund Planned Parenthood or protect religious freedoms. No telling yet if they have succeeded.
A report earlier in 2017 also showed that many millennials are ditching Christianity for astrology and witchcraft.
According to Market Watch, "interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials." A majority of Americans now believe it is "not necessary to believe in God to have good morals."
The replacement for more of these young adults has been astrology, which involves aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry. Adherents to these practices grew 2% between 2011 and 2016, creating an industry that is now worth $2 billion annually.
Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based "metaphysical boutique," Catland, confirmed that she has seen a rising interest in the occult these past few years.
Both Christianity and Judaism regard witchcraft and astrology as demonic practices.