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janbb's avatar

It doesn’t look like Royal Stewart to me since that has red and blue in it and hers doesn’t seem to:

I think she’s off the hook.

Zaku's avatar

I didn’t see a photo when I followed that link.

janbb's avatar

@Zaku It’s to the right of the article as I see it. Or Google “Royal Stewart tartan” if it doesn’t display right.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Its hard to tell from the angle but it could be royal Stewart.
Is that okay? Yes. There are no real rules stating who can or cant wear a particular tartan. If you wanted to be particularly anal you could argue that, as its the tartan of the queen, a british subject could wear it as they are (from a certain view point) a clan member.
What message does it convey? That the wear likes the pattern? That they identify as Scottish?

Zaku's avatar

@janbb I see it on your link. I meant I don’t see a photo on @Jeruba ‘s link.

Zaku's avatar

@Brian1946 Wow, I see it in your link, but it doesn’t show up for me when I follow Jeruba’s link. Weird.

I’m pretty sure that at least for most people, wearing a particular tartan isn’t necessarily taken as a statement, even by Scots who are into tartans, unless they have a reason to think the wearer is making a statement by it. On the other hand, Nicola Sturgeon has made a statement by wearing a homeless Tartan in the past, about which there are a LARGE number of articles , so she must be aware people are over-analyzing her mask choices.

There are SO many articles about her wearing the first tartan mask with the homeless tartan, that I didn’t find any commenting about her choice of a different tartan mask, even in the articles which show her wearing a different tartan.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, that’s more than I knew, @Zaku. I just thought I recognized the Royal Stewart tartan and wondered if there was anything in the allusion to royalty that might convey a mixed message.

I look in on The Scotsman from time to time and have a pretty favorable opinion of Sturgeon, but this photo surprised me and I wondered if there were more to it than the obvious matter of preference. People in the public eye often have their visible personal choices analyzed to death, and so I assume they make them with an awareness of that.

Zaku's avatar

Yes, apparently the Scottish media doesn’t have a lot to think about other than her mask fabric choices.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Well that and the fact they’ve banned trump from entering the country.

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