A History of the Bucket Hat

"Do The Right Thing" (1989)

The unsung heroes of Spike Lee's 1989 film are Sweet Dick Willie, Coconut Sid, and ML (played by Robin Harris, Frankie Faison, and Paul Benjamin, respectively), a trio of elderly gentlemen who pass the time seated on the sidewalk, commenting on the action in the neighborhood like a classical Greek chorus. With just one umbrella to shield them from the Brooklyn summer sun, one wears bucket hats. What better way to chill?

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