Fury over Oktoberfest chest-revealing costumes: Bavarian prince says ‘excessively low-cut plastic folk outfits from China’ that show women’s cleavage are an insult and ‘cultural appropriation’
- Prince of Bavaria calls outfits made in China ‘cultural appropriation’
- He said he was worried that “a lot of the culture and traditions” would soon disappear.
- Bavarian traditionalists have criticized the modern-day festival for years
Fake folk costumes that allow festival-goers to display their bodies degrade the cultural value of Oktoberfest, a Bavarian prince has said.
Bavaria’s Prince Luitpold Rupprecht Heinrich, 72, whose great-grandfather was the last king of Bavaria, said the cheap costumes turned the historic festival into a “carnival”.
“When I see plastic Chinese folk costumes, pseudo-costumes with tight dirndls, then it all becomes a carnival,” Heinrich told a local radio station.
“We are all talking about cultural appropriation today. Here, it happens to us, the Bavarians!
He added: “If this is all about just wearing a costume to get drunk…” . . you lose a lot of culture and tradition in the process.
The Bavarian prince called the use of cheap, knockoff dirdls “cultural appropriation.”
Dirdl are a traditional dress consisting of a low-cut bodice, blouse and high-waisted skirt.
Munich Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors every year
Luitpold Rupprecht Heinrich (pictured), whose great-grandfather was the last king of Bavaria, said the cheap costumes turned the historic festival into a “carnival”.
Men are often seen in lederhosen, while women wear “dirndls”, a traditional dress consisting of a low-cut bodice, blouse and high-waisted skirt.
Traditionalists have argued that in recent years Oktoberfest, which has been held in Munich for 213 years, has become less a celebration of Bavarian culture than an occasion for people to drink huge quantities of beer and wear low-cut and cheap clothes. dress.
But this year’s festival isn’t just about dresses. Traditionalists fear Oktoberfest could turn into a “Woke Weisn”, a play on the festival’s local name, after a big tent decided to serve all-organic chickens that cost 50% more than the normal.
Andrea Koerner, an Oktoberfest regular, told the Wall Street Journal that although she usually orders a hen, she paled when she saw that the price for half an organic hen was €20.50 (€17.70). £).
“We don’t know the taste because it costs too much to try,” Koerner, 56, said.
But a younger guest told the newspaper that the price increase didn’t matter to him.
The Bavarian prince said of modern-day partying: “If it all comes down to just wearing a costume to get drunk…. . . you lose a lot of culture and tradition in the process’
Millions of liters of beer expected to be sold at this year’s festival
The very first Oktoberfest began as a celebration of the wedding of Prince Regent Ludwig of Bavaria, the future King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810.
This year’s Oktoberfest is shaping up to be a record
Jake Williams, 32, said: “I don’t care at all. I guess it’s good if people care about chickens.
The significant rise in food prices comes as beer served in almost all festival tents increased by 6%, to an average of 14.50 euros, according to a city survey.
This comes on top of a sharp rise in food prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February.
The very first Oktoberfest began with the celebration of the wedding of Prince Regent Ludwig of Bavaria, future King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810.
The wedding festivities, which took place almost exactly 213 years ago, saw Bavarian citizens celebrate with a huge horse race.
People in the area loved the race so much that they decided to hold another one every year thereafter, with the festival evolving to include rides and fairground attractions in future years.