So I was watching 1977 series, “Roots” based off of Alex Haley’s best-selling book, (I have no cable and the Roots series is over 9 hours… it’s a HUGE time filler ^__^) and I was watching maybe the 4th or 5th episode and I noticed something interesting….
Anyway, some background information: that man up there is a slave owner (played by Robert Reed from the Brady Bunch!) and he is also a doctor and he was checking out the slave Toby (who had been brought from Africa about 14 years before and whose real name is Kunta Kente). Since he was an African and always had known freedom before he was snatched by slave catchers, he was always apt to running away. This was Kunta’s 3rd attempt in running away and the slave catchers got tired of it, and you know what they did???
THEY CHOPPED OFF HIS FOOT!!
Crazy right?! And naturally back then during the mid-1700’s, they didn’t have many medicines (penicillin wasn’t even discovered until the late 1800’s) so basically they just gave him natural medicines, elevated the foot and tried to stop the blood flow.
The point of this post is, when Mr. Brady Dr./Master Reynolds stood up from trying to look at Kunta, I couldn’t help but admire his coat! I also realized that this 18th and 19th century style of clothing is a big inspriation to Rain’s line Six-to-Five. I made a picture comparison of the 2 coats and now I know they are not EXACTLY alike, but you can tell that Rain’s line is strongly inspired by 18th and 19th century style American/European clothing.
What do you think… did Rain take some cues from traditional Western clothes?
PS The picture says “Simba’s mom” because thats the actress that does the voice of Simba’s mom from “The Lion King”! Madge Sinclair!