Code-X (92)

By: Joshua Glenn
March 2, 2016

Bob Dylan in a Cuban-collared jacket
Bob Dylan in a Cuban-collared jacket

Call this cultural code: CUBAN PEACOCK.

Definition: Cuba, in the popular imagination, depicted as a culture where men aren’t afraid to strut their stuff — i.e., be elegant and sexy.

The Beatles in Cuban-heel boots.
The Beatles in Cuban-heel boots.

Notes on this code: The heyday of this meme appears to be the early 1960s, i.e., just after the Revolution. But traces of it linger.

Ad for Hatuey beer (from Bacardi)
Ad for Hatuey beer (from Bacardi)

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