radical chic

the patronage of extremists or left-wing radicals by rich or famous people, as through invitations to social functions or public expressions of support.

coined by Tom Wolfe (born 1931), American journalist, in an essay of the same title published in 1970

radical-chic, adjective
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Main Entry:  radical chic
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the adoption of radical views, dress, or lifestyle by members of the upper class; association of the upper class with radicals
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Radical chic is a phrase that diminishes the reality of a provocative and landmark court case.
None of this qualifies as radical chic, or even radical cheek.
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