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#UnravelHate Campaign Transforms 'MAGA' Hat into a Symbol of Acceptance


Zula Alpha Kilo teams with clothing brand Peace Collective to unthread MAGA hats letter-by-letter

#UnravelHate Campaign Transforms 'MAGA' Hat into a Symbol of Acceptance

A new campaign for Toronto-based clothing brand Peace Collective, literally unravels the negative symbolism of the MAGA hat and transforms it into a symbol of acceptance.

The four words emblazoned in white across a red baseball cap have become an iconic symbol in politics since they first appeared in late 2016. What began as a campaign slogan is now difficult to separate from increasingly anti-immigrant and anti-minority views and policies. The hat has grown to become a representation of the divisive and combative political climate appearing worldwide.

The MAGA hat inspired a new awareness campaign from Zulu Alpha Kilo called #UnravelHate, for Toronto-based apparel brand Peace Collective. In a video, MAGA hats were unthreaded, letter-by-letter, stitch-by-stitch and given a new meaning. The thread of the MAGA hats helped create a new symbol - a red cap with white lettering that carries a warm and very Canadian message: “Welcome to Canada”.

“We have an opportunity to tell the world that acceptance is stronger than hate, so the idea was to take a symbol of division and completely transform it,” says Roman Hessary, co-founder at Peace Collective.

The awareness campaign features a variety of media appearing across Peace Collective’s social channels including; a long-form video featuring five different Canadians telling their unique stories about how they immigrated to the country and why they are proud to call it home. Among the participants are Aorwa, a Syrian refugee who fled the Syrian Civil War; Cori, an LGBTQ American who now resides in Canada; and Victor, an immigrant from Uganda. The compelling accounts are intercut with footage of the unthreaded MAGA hats before revealing the 'Welcome to Canada' toque.

“This is a campaign that’s grounded in Canadian values – diversity is our strength. Canada is a cultural mosaic and we believe that all people, no matter their identity, are welcome here,” says Roman.

The 'Welcome to Canada' toques are available for purchase and the original toque made with MAGA hat threads is being auctioned online. Profits from the sale of all toques are being donated to WoodGreen Community Services, a United Way partner charity that helps refugees and immigrants settle into their new lives in Canada.


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Genres: People, Dialogue

Categories: Day Wear, Clothing and Fashion

Zulu Alpha Kilo, Tue, 02 Apr 2019 13:48:47 GMT