Too bad they don't have the actual item in the game. Then again, it is a game marketed for children. In the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, dataminers have found an item that has some heavy implications. The item is the Phrygian Cap, a seasonal hat that will be released in the game to celebrate Bastille Day on the 14th of July. So what does this cap imply? NintendoLife’s Kate Gray has the details:
Time for a wee history lesson: the Phrygian Cap, also known as the Liberty Cap, was one of the primary icons of the French Revolution, symbolising the plight of the poor in revolutionary France, and their subsequent uprising against the nobility. You'll probably have heard of that bit, because it's the bit where a bunch of royals and other wealthy nobles got their heads lopped off by guillotines.
You see, the Phrygian Cap (or an early version of it, at least) used to be worn by Romans and Greeks who had been freed from the bondage of slavery, and therefore represented all those things that the French Revolutionaries were about: liberty, equality, and fraternity. Also, cool hats.
Bastille Day — the event that the cap celebrates in Animal Crossing — is a huge event in France, and its origins lie in the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Displeased by their treatment by the nobility, the people of Paris broke into the Bastille, a prison-fortress that was often used for political prisoners, and grabbed a bunch of ammunition with which to fight back. Basically, the storming of the Bastille was one of the final blows to the status quo of France's monarchy, and so the day is celebrated as a symbol of the Republic.
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