For the most part, I try to avoid reducing groups of people to cultural stereotypes. Yet, whenever I see a man wearing a bow tie, I can't help but assume that he is pompous, conniving and maybe even down-right mean-spirited. This is probably the result of meeting one too many bow ties who rubbed me the wrong way. To be honest, the bow tie has always struck me as an unoriginal way of looking original. In the absence of any real imagination, it's an acceptable substitute. If you take a look at a few of the famous bow tie wearers in history, you'll see what I mean:
I'm not the only one who opposes the bow tie. David Foster Wallace and Nicholas Baker have both publicly denounced the iconoclastic knot. But to tell you the truth, by far, the best attack on the bow tie has to be from the film State and Main. At one point, the character of Doc Wilson makes the point of saying, "The truth is you should never trust anybody who wears a bow tie. A cravat is supposed to point down to accentuate the genitals. Why do you want to trust somebody whose tie points out to accentuate his ears?"

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