One recent development has been that nonwhite overdogs like the King of Siam and the Ruler of China are increasingly off-limits to white Western kidding. It’s punching up, or something. For example, from Buzzfeed:
The magazine’s parent company confirmed to BuzzFeed News they’d been removed from GQ’s website.
Posted on December 6, 2019, at 5:30 a.m.
Mark Di Stefano, BuzzFeed News Reporter
When British GQ published its prestigious annual list of best-dressed men — this year topped by actor Timothée Chalamet — the magazine’s staff also named 10 of the world’s worst dressed.
Top of the list was Boris Johnson’s perpetually tracksuited chief adviser Dominic Cummings (“why does Boris Johnson’s political disruptor dress like an unlicensed cab driver?”). The nine others included Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (“Android chic is not a vibe”), US president Donald Trump (“A sad and sorry perennial fixture”), and Tory frontbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg (“A haunted pencil”). …
But on GQ’s own website, something was different. The “top 10” list had become a “top 8”. Missing were two individuals: China’s president Xi Jinping and king of Thailand Maha Vajiralongkorn.
According to sources at Condé Nast, GQ’s parent company, the controversial world leaders had been removed after management got wind of who was on the list.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News on Friday, a Condé Nast spokesperson confirmed the world leaders had been scrubbed from the worst-dressed list over concerns that it “would travel globally and grant traction” without necessary context.