Here are good mustaches and beards and bad mustaches and beards as imagined in American popular culture and war propaganda, as a way of contextualizing today’s hero-worship of the backwoods conservatives of “Duck Dynasty” and villainization of the backwoods conservatives of the Taliban.
We really don’t want to be flip or culturally insensitive, but any story that opens with the phrase “renegade Amish group” immediately grabs our full attention. And that’s just for starters—the leader of this outlaw gang of Amish hair-cutting bandits goes by the highly pertinent name of Sam Mullet.
Due to his “Taliban-like beard,” rock group Metallica’s frontman, James Hetfield, was detained at the Luton Airport in London on Thursday. On his way to play at the Live Earth concert, the California-born Hetfield was interrogated by officials who suspected he was a terrorist. Fortunately, he was able to convince authorities that he was actually a rock star rather than a member of al-Qaeda.