The Flight Club shoe store on Melrose Boulevard in West Hollywood got looted by The Protesters.
The Flight Club, in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, specializes in extremely expensive versions of sneakers, such as the “just dropped” $295 “AIR JORDAN 4 RETRO “COURT PURPLE” and the $375 “YEEZY BOOST 700 MNVN “TRIPLE BLACK,“” (Is Michael Jordan still cool? He was oppressively cool when I was a young man, but that was a long, long time ago, both for me and Michael.)
In the 1992 L.A. Rodney King Riots, the rioters started by looting local Korean-owned liquor stores. It only eventually dawned upon the liquor-addled brains of the looters that there was better stuff to steal in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills than in their own dumpy neighborhoods, by which points the cops had gotten organized enough to stop them. This time, however, The Protestors went quickly for their favorite stores, like Flight Exchange, in the best parts of town.
It’s interesting to observe the ecstatic body language of the looters. They don’t steal from their fellow looters coming out of the store, presumably with better stuff than what’s left. Instead, they themselves want to go into the store and SHOP. It’s like when Romy and Michelle tear up at the end of watching Pretty Women when the snooty bitches on Rodeo Drive finally let Julia Roberts shop:
This should be a scene in “Romy and Michelle’s 40th High School Reunion:”
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— Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
Johnny Carson’s last two guests in May 1992 were Bette Midler and Robin Williams:
WILLIAMS: This is a wild night, especially with the world in such interesting–I was going to bring you a VCR, but the stores had none.
CARSON: A little low, are they?
WILLIAMS: Yeah. Somebody I guess had done a little political shopping.
It’s very difficult. You see people going, “Yeah man!”
“It’s for Rodney King! And the five TVs are for me.”
Yeah, they caught the one guy. They always catch the one whino.
“All right, yeah, man. I’m really pissed off about Don King.”
“The Don King thing has got me down, man.” “Damn.”
And they brought in the National Guard. They didn’t come with bullets, which is always an interesting thing.
CARSON: They couldn’t find them.
WILLIAMS: They couldn’t find them.
So they’re out in the streets going, “Hey everybody. We are the world.”
It’s a difficult thing.
CARSON: Ah, yeah. But you know.
WILLIAMS: They said they saw BMWs pulling up to the Radio Shack. That must be great.
“This is fabulous. This is great.”
“I wonder if we can get store credit if you don’t already have it.”