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Parlor pink is a pejorative term used interchangeably with Champagne socialist (UK), Gauche caviar (France, USA) or Gucci socialist (USA). With pink being a lighter, watered-down shade of red, the phrase parlor pinks started to be used to characterize socialists whose upper middle class lifestyle appeared to be at odds with their socialist or communist ideology. In the 1920s, a Wall Street Journal editorial described supporters of the progressive politician Robert La Follette as “parlor pinks,“ implying that they were „working men who have never seen a shovel“ (“Mirrors of Washington,“ The Wall Street Journal, September 26, 1924).