Last night I watched actor, Will Ferrell take a razor to the face of late night talk show hero, Conan O’Brien. The host’s red beard has been his signature look ever since returning to television in September of 2010.
As I watched red flecks erupt from Ferrell’s hair buzzer, I wondered if this foolish publicity stunt could have greater ramifications. O’Brien’s beard was the product of the beard craze that America’s pop culture hasn’t seen since the era of southern rock bands in the 70s. The evidence is at festivals across the country. Whether at SXSW, Bonnaroo, or Warped Tour, beards have cropped up and sat upon the flannel collars of the most popular artists. As TBS viewers get reacquainted with the fresh face on Conan, will the rest of pop culture follow suit?
The events of this week may also affect the beard movement in other parts of the world. With the death of Osama Bin Laden on Sunday, terrorists lost one of the most iconic beards ever known. Will terrorists also resort to another look now that their poster boy is being served as fish food in the ocean somewhere?
Like any endangered beast, we must hold close to the beards we still have in our lives and appreciate them while they’re still around. Here are my favorite beards still in existence.
- Ferrell Shaves O’Brien’s Beard in ‘Beardpocalypse’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Conan O’Brien’s Whiskers Suffer Death by “Beardpocalypse” (eonline.com)
- Conan O’Brien’s Beard: The Video Obituary (and Upgrade!) (esquire.com)
- Teacher Shaves Beard After Bin Laden Killed (outsidethebeltway.com)