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Brooklyn School Bans Hipster Glasses

Orthodox School Bans Hipster Glasses
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In a tacit admission that Brooklyn has become hopelessly overrun by hipsters, a Jewish Orthodox school in Borough Park recently banned the wearing of “thick plastic eyeglasses” among its student body. No word on whether skinny jeans or lumberjack shirts are next.

Officials at the Bobover Yeshiva B’Nei Zion school recently sent a letter to parents explaining the new policy, in which hipster glasses are forbidden because they give children a “very coarse look.”

“We are asking that everyone buy simple glasses. The yeshiva will not tolerate thick plastic eye glasses,” reads the letter. “What we have to commit ourselves to is we have to stand on top of this and not tolerate the new modernism.”

In fact, the school says the issue is one of religion and culture. “The good deed that accompanied the Jews in Egypt was that they didn’t change their names and clothes, and this same strength is still accompanying us and maintaining us in exile – in all generations,” the letter continues.

Parents have been asked to give their children an “educational boost” and exchange their “immodest” hipster frames. One local eyewear store says it has exchanged 30 pairs of glasses over a two week period. Another store claims that school officials dropped by to determine which frames were acceptable and which were not.

At least one student, Nafle Frank, doesn’t seem to have a problem with the ban. “Style is not a sin,” he said, “but the culture is to stay away from new things and to keep them the way they were.”

Do you agree with the school’s ban on hipster glasses? Or does this new policy go too far?

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