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Dethroning Georgia's mullet kingdom

POSTED: April 21, 2007 5:02 a.m.
A man cannot be trusted if he has one or all of the following traits — no trace of sideburns, a given name composed of two first names or a mullet.
If you don’t already know, the mullet is an eccentric hairstyle where a man wears his hair short in the front and long in the back, or to put it another way, business in the front, and a party down the back.
Since making my odyssey to the South, I experienced very little culture shock until I laid eyes upon the Georgia Mullet Kingdom.
And because I often travel throughout the county for news reporting, I noticed more and more of these male mulleteers.
Let me digress though, in order to examine the history of the mullet, we have to travel back to an irreverently daffy decade - the 1980s.
This is where the hairdo saw its peak, but it was not created during this foolhardy time.
The mullet dates back centuries to the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian peoples, and it had a good showing in medieval times. But those were different ages when this haircut was refined for pharaohs, kings and nobility, and was a far cry from the “mud flap” mullet of today.   
In the 1980s, pop icons fashioned this hairstyle into a stunning masterpiece. Actors and performers like Keifer Sutherland, David Hasselhoff and George Michael were just a few who flaunted this feathery faux pas for everyone to gawk at.
Yet, how exactly did the mullet enter into mainstream America?
I believe it was reborn from a careful mixture of “Budweiser,” “NASCAR,” LSD and the music sensation, “Wham.”
No matter the cause, this is still America, and people have the unalienable right to look or appear foolish. I suppose we all can relate. We have all been involved in something that seems fine to us, but is hilarious to the general population.
I suggest you stop reading for a moment and recollect upon a time when a group of people justifiably poked fun at you.
And for those reading who are currently in the Mullet Kingdom, do not be upset, but it is harder to take a man seriously who has a trail of hair cascading down his back.
How many politicians, city or government officials or distinguished authorities have mullets? Not many, I imagine.
 

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