November 18, 2002
HIRSUTE DISPUTEAre you a beardist?: Has Robbie Coltrane betrayed the bearded? (BBC, 18 November, 2002)
Did you go to see the new Harry Potter film over the weekend? You could have been unwittingly supporting beardism, say facial hair campaigners.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets may seem like a spot of harmless family fun, but the film could set back the cause of beard wearers at a vital time of year for the long-suffering hirsute man.
The Beard Liberation Front (BLF) objects to the "obviously false" facial hair sported by Robbie Coltrane and the late Richard Harris in the fantasy movie. [...]
While the BLF let the first Harry Potter film open without protest, the continued lack of real beards in the second instalment has prompted it to call a boycott. Well, almost.
"Some BLF supporters said they would be given hell by their children if they weren't taken to see Harry Potter," says Mr Flett, who since his teens has worn a "Karl Marx" beard (once cruelly called a "garden gnome affair" by the Evening Standard).
"Now we're just asking our few hundred supporters to hiss and boo when the fake beards come on the screen."
The Brothers have a saying: Never trust a man who glues hair on himself. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2002 2:54 PM